We think it is pretty safe to say that the stress of 2020 has spilled over into 2021. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to affect our culture, our economy, and our everyday lives. Social and political division has caused newsworthy conflicts all over the country. And now, an unprecedented winter storm has left millions in our metroplex without the basic necessities of power and water. Stress can manifest itself physically in the human body in various ways. The manifestation we, as dental professionals, most commonly see is teeth clenching and/or grinding, also called bruxism. Continue reading Is 2021 Causing Cracked Teeth?
Many people wear dental appliances to protect their teeth from the heavy forces of clenching and/or grinding. We commonly refer to these appliances as “nightguards” because they guard your teeth at night (or whenever you sleep). For our purposes, we are limiting this discussion to professional, custom-made nightguards. While there are many different styles and configurations of nightguards, we will discuss the most common type, which is a hard acrylic, single arch (covering only the upper or the lower teeth) appliance that covers all of the teeth in the arch. Continue reading How Long Does a Nightguard Last?