Night guards are oral devices used to protect teeth from damage caused by clenching or grinding during sleep, also known as bruxism. Bruxism can result in a range of problems, including tooth sensitivity, headaches, jaw pain, and worn-down teeth. Night guards work by creating a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing them from grinding against each other.
What Are Night Guards?
A night guard is a dental device that is worn during sleep to protect teeth, prevent damage to dental work, and alleviate symptoms associated with teeth grinding (bruxism) and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Night guards are typically made from a hard, plastic material that is custom-fitted to the patient’s teeth.
The use of night guards has become increasingly common in recent years, as more and more people are seeking relief from the pain and discomfort associated with teeth grinding and other dental problems. While there are a variety of different types of night guards available, they all share the same basic purpose: to protect the teeth and jaw from the effects of clenching and grinding during sleep.
What Are Different Types Of Night Guards?
|Type of Night Guard||Description||Pros||Cons|
|Custom-made Night Guards||Made from a mold of the patient's teeth by a dentist or dental professional.||Custom-fitted, comfortable and secure fit.||More expensive.|
|Boil-and-Bite Night Guards||Available over-the-counter and can be molded to fit the teeth by boiling them in water and then biting down on the softened material.||Less expensive.||Not as effective or comfortable.|
|Stock Night Guards||Pre-formed to fit a standard set of teeth and available over-the-counter.||Least expensive option.||Least comfortable and least effective.|
|Dual Laminate Night Guards||Made from two layers of material - a soft, cushioning layer on the inside, and a hard, protective layer on the outside.||Provides both comfort and protection.||More expensive than some other options.|
|Hybrid Night Guards||A combination of custom-made and boil-and-bite night guards. Pre-formed to fit a general size and shape, but can also be customized to fit an individual's teeth.||Good balance of comfort, fit, and protection.||May not provide the same level of customization as fully custom-made night guards.|