Night Guard

Custom-made device worn during sleep to protect teeth from damage due to grinding and clenching.

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What types of Night Guards are there?

Soft splints

Soft splints are made entirely from a soft, cushioning material. These nightguards are typically more comfortable to wear due to their flexibility and gentle feel against your teeth and gums. They are particularly well-suited for people who have a sensitive gag reflex or those who find traditional hard nightguards uncomfortable. Soft splints are effective for mild to moderate bruxism cases.

Acrylic Splints

Acrylic splints, also known as hard splints, are made from a rigid acrylic material. They are durable and effective in protecting your teeth from grinding and clenching forces. Acrylic splints are suitable for various bruxism severities and are often recommended by dentists for their effectiveness in preventing tooth damage.

Dual Laminate Nightguards

Dual laminate nightguards are designed to provide a balance between comfort and durability. They consist of two layers: a soft inner layer that cushions your teeth and a hard outer layer that offers protection against grinding forces. The soft layer increases comfort and absorbs the impact of clenching and grinding, while the hard layer provides durability to withstand the pressure. Dual laminate nightguards are suitable for moderate to severe bruxism cases and offer both comfort and protection.

Protect your teeth while you zzzzz.

It is important to note that night guards should be custom-made by a dentist to ensure proper fit and effectiveness. Your dentist will evaluate your specific needs and recommend the most suitable type of night guard for you.

  • Protection against tooth damage

    Bruxism can cause significant damage to your teeth over time, including wear, cracks, and fractures. Night guards provide a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth, absorbing the forces generated by grinding or clenching. This helps prevent tooth damage and preserves the integrity of your natural teeth.

  • Alleviation of jaw pain and headaches

    Bruxism often leads to jaw pain, facial muscle soreness, and frequent headaches. Night guards help alleviate these symptoms by reducing the intensity of teeth grinding and clenching. The cushioning effect of the night guard helps relax the jaw muscles and reduces the strain on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), providing relief from discomfort.

  • Prevention of TMJ disorders

    Bruxism can contribute to the development of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). TMD can cause jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw, difficulty opening or closing the mouth, and even lockjaw. Night guards help reduce the strain on the TMJ, minimizing the risk of developing TMD and promoting proper jaw alignment.

  • Improved sleep quality

    Teeth grinding and clenching can disrupt your sleep patterns, leading to poor sleep quality and daytime fatigue. Night guards create a physical barrier that separates the upper and lower teeth, reducing the noise and vibrations associated with bruxism. This can help you and your sleep partner enjoy a more restful night’s sleep.

  • Long-term cost savings

    Investing in a night guard can help save you money in the long run. By protecting your teeth from damage caused by bruxism, you can avoid costly dental treatments such as fillings, crowns, or even tooth extractions. Additionally, treating bruxism early with a night guard can prevent more severe dental issues that may require extensive and expensive dental work.

  • Customized fit and comfort

    Night guards are custom-made to fit your teeth and mouth precisely. This ensures optimal comfort and effectiveness. Custom night guards are typically made from high-quality materials that are durable and long-lasting, providing you with a reliable solution for managing bruxism.

Advantages

Some factors to consider

Advantages

Comfort

Soft splints are generally the most comfortable due to their flexibility and cushioning, while dual laminate nightguards also offer a good balance of comfort and protection but may not be as durable.

Durability

Acrylic splints and dual laminate nightguards are more durable and can withstand the forces of grinding and clenching over time.

Protection

All three types of nightguards provide protection against teeth grinding, but the level of protection may vary based on the specific design and materials used.

Cost

Soft splints are often less expensive to fabricate, while acrylic splints and dual laminate nightguards might be slightly more costly due to their construction and materials.

Customization

All three types can be custom-fitted to your teeth by a dentist, ensuring a proper fit for your mouth.

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