Night braces are usually selected for use when a patient has troubling habits while they are asleep. Because everything happens in an unconscious state, it can be hard to identify the reasoning behind aching teeth and jaws or grinding. But night guards help to significantly cut down on this type of sleep-stress behavior because it puts a block between the top and bottom teeth. They are a necessity in some cases because grinding and clenching while asleep can result in cracked teeth and discomfort.
First Week Night Braces
The first few times of using a nightguard will be uncomfortable. It takes time to adjust to the new object inside your mouth, but things get better quickly after the first week. One of the most common complaints about them is that they trigger a gag reflex, or they fit oddly between the jaws. Both of these are issues that go away with consistent use of the guard. We suggest continuing to try your best to deal with the guard, and soon it will become easier.
We suggest beginning the transition to night guards by using a thin material. This will help your body ignore the new items in your mouth—your saliva will increase, but your major discomfort will be avoided. Also, consider asking us to make you two night guards, which can fit either on the top or on the lower set of teeth—having both options help to pick the more comfortable one. Finally, try not putting in your mouthguard until right before you fall asleep. Since most people fall asleep within five to ten minutes of laying down, you can time the best moment to put on the night guard. This will lessen your uncomfortable time and ensure that you are getting the most out of its protection. To speak with professionals about your options for night guards or for dental solutions, contact us today.