What Is a Night Guard?
A night guard is a specific type of mouthguard that is typically recommended for patients who suffer from bruxism, a condition characterized by clenching and grinding of the teeth. Bruxism often occurs during the early stages of sleep and can cause significant damage to the teeth and disrupt sleep patterns. Although bruxism can also occur during waking hours, it is typically easier to recognize and stop during the day.
Who needs a night guard?
Individuals who suffer from bruxism, which is characterized by teeth grinding and clenching, particularly during nighttime, are often advised to use a night guard. Teeth grinding can lead to significant damage in the long term, making a night guard an effective way to prevent the need for extensive dental treatment in the future. If you would like to learn more about night guards and receive a consultation and quotation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us here.
What Are the Types of Night Guards?
There are various types of night guards available on the market, and it is important to consider several factors before selecting the best option for you. These considerations include the severity of your symptoms and the materials used in the night guard. To ensure that you choose the most appropriate night guard, it is best to consult with your dentist.
The two main types of night guards are over-the-counter (OTC) and custom-made. OTC night guards are readily available at drug stores or sports supply stores, but they are not typically made of durable materials and are usually cheaper. They come in one-size-fits-all or boil-and-bite models. Custom-made night guards, on the other hand, are made to fit the individual needs of the patient using an impression of their mouth. They are more comfortable and durable than OTC night guards.
There are three types of custom-made night guards: soft, hard, and dual laminated. Soft night guards are made of flexible plastic and are recommended for patients who grind their teeth hard, but they may have a shorter lifespan. Hard night guards are made of acrylic or tougher plastic and are recommended for patients who grind or clench their teeth harder than usual. Dual laminated night guards combine the advantages of both soft and hard night guards, providing both comfort and durability. Thermoplastic night guards are self-adjusting and moldable to the shape of your teeth for a more comfortable fit. They are also MMA-free and non-allergenic.