Nightguards

A nightguard is a mouth guard designed to protect the dental surface from the effects of teeth grinding and clenching. It is made of a soft, durable plastic that fits comfortably in the mouth during sleep.

What Is the Purpose of a Nightguard?

A nightguard's purpose is to protect your teeth from the effects of grinding and clenching. It is also helpful for patients who suffer from:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Tooth damage or loss
  • Toothache and TMJ problems

Nightguards are not intended to be used as a treatment for bruxism (teeth grinding) but as a protective device for the teeth. 

What Are the Types of Nightguards?

There are two types of nightguards: custom-made and over-the-counter (OTC). 

Custom-Made Nightguards
A custom-made nightguard is made by using impressions of your teeth to create a comfortable, customized fit. It is more expensive than OTC nightguards, but it offers more adequate protection from damage caused by teeth grinding and clenching.

The benefits of custom-made nightguards include: 
  • More comfortable fit for all-night wear 
  • Longer lasting protection 
  • Better oral hygiene due to elimination of tooth stains and plaque buildup caused by nighttime mouth breathing. Better sleep due to decreased nighttime jaw pain and headaches caused by grinding and clenching. 
  • Better sleep due to decreased nighttime jaw pain and headaches caused by grinding and clenching. 

Over-the-Counter Nightguards
Over-the-counter (OTC) nightguards are available at most drugstores. These devices are inexpensive and easy to use. OTC night guards don't fit as well as custom-made guards, but they effectively prevent tooth damage by reducing tooth wear.

What Are the Types of Over-the-Counter Nightguards?

There are two types of OTC nightguards: flat and bite guards.

Flat Nightguards - Flat nightguards are recommended if you grind your front teeth together when you sleep. They should be worn on the top front surface of the upper jaw. Flat nightguards can be cut down for a better fit if required. 

Bite Guards
-  If you grind your back teeth together when you sleep, a bite guard may be recommended. Bite guards can also help protect your jaw from pain if you have a TMJ disorder or bruxism. They should be worn on the top back surface of the upper jaw, between the molars and incisors. Bite guards can also be cut down for a better fit if required. 


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