A night guard (a dental mouth guard or a bite guard) is an appliance prescribed to patients to treat teeth grinding (bruxism).
If you’ve ever woken up with a
- sore jaw,
- earache or
- suffer from neck pain and headaches,
you may be suffering from teeth grinding in your sleep, also called bruxism
If you think you might suffer from grinding of your teeth, contact us for a free consultation. Your dentist will do check the way you bite to see if you’re grinding your teeth and to look for any wrong tooth contacts – which can be smoothed to balance the bite. To ensure your grinding doesn’t do damage to you as you sleep, we recommend you wearing a night guard which keep your upper and lower teeth apart to prevent premature tooth wear and noise from teeth grinding.
Night guards are made by taking a simple mould of your teeth and sending this mould off to a laboratory to create your personalised mouth guard.
Types Of Night Guards
The difference between the different types of night guards is in the material used. There are three main types of night guards that may be prescribed based on the patient’s need:
- Soft night guard is prescribed for mild cases of night grinding or bruxism. It is well suited for people whose degree of grinding is not so significant and they do not have this habit on nightly basis. For these patients, a soft protection is enough to solve the problem and preserve teeth structure. The soft night guard is also well suited for people who suffer from teeth clenching rather than teeth grinding.
- Dual laminate night guard is prescribed when the teeth grinding is more severe and you wish for the appliance to be longer lasting. A dual laminate night guard is soft on the inside and hard on the outside, offering more protection and promising more durability.
- Acrylic night guard is a rigid acrylic and hard night guard which is much more durable. It’s made from acrylic, a clear, hard plastic material. The hard night guard is suitable for people who suffer for heavy to severe teeth grinding. Note that the acrylic night guard differs from an acrylic bite splint. While a regular night guard protects against teeth grinding, the acrylic bite splint is prescribed to a patient to address a TMJ dysfunction. An acrylic bite splint should be obtained directly from the dentist.