Tips for Getting Used to Wearing Your Nightguard

Published on March 23rd, 2021 by Michael C. Griffin, D.M.D.

If you’re searching for a “dentist near me in Buena Park” for a nightguard, you aren’t alone! Many Americans suffer from bruxism, meaning they grind their teeth at night. While this may not seem like a huge deal, grinding and clenching can result in headaches, jaw pain, cracked teeth, dislodged fillings or veneers, TMJ dysfunction (clicking and popping while opening or chewing, which is damaging to the joint), and tooth pain.

Common Objections to Wearing a Night Guard

You may have recently visited our dental office only to find out a custom-fit night guard is the perfect solution to your unexplained pain. Many patients end up shying away from sleeping with a night guard for the following reasons:

  • It feels too tight on their teeth and causes discomfort
  • It ruins a good night of sleep
  • They’re embarrassed by it
  • It causes them to drool too much
  • It’s not attractive

Despite the above reasons, a custom night guard can help protect your teeth and reduce the risk of infection or decay.

Tips to Get Used to Wearing a Night Guard

Start with Short Periods

As soon as our team has completed your night guard, we recommend that you wear it in small spurts throughout the day to help your mouth get used to it. Even wearing it for 20-30 minutes throughout the day can help you get used to how it feels.

Be Patient

Like anything in life, getting used to how the night guard feels will take some time. Give yourself some grace the first few nights you’re wearing it, and once you get past the uncomfortable feeling, you’ll likely forget it’s there.

Consistency Is Key

Try to be as consistent as possible when wearing your night guard. Although you’ll have to get used to sleeping with it, the result will be worth it! You’ll protect your teeth, have fewer headaches, and sleep more soundly.

Schedule an Appointment to Learn More!

Dr. Griffin and our team at Northalsted Dental Spa are committed to providing Chicagoland residents with the gold standard of dental care. From general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry, we can assist you with a variety of dental solutions.

Call us today to book an appointment at 773-985-1181.

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