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What is a Nightguard?
If you grind your teeth at night, a nightguard might be the solution. A night guard is a dental implement often made of plastic, designed to fit over your teeth. It helps to improve the position of your mouth as you sleep and takes the pressure off your teeth, to protect your enamel and prevent pain.
Reasons to Wear a Nightguard
If you grind your teeth at night (a condition called bruxism), a nightguard will make a huge difference in the long-term health of your teeth. These are the main benefits of wearing a nightguard for teeth:
Protect teeth from wearing away and becoming more prone to
Prevent jaw pain and headaches
Prevent serious long-term damage like chipping, decay, and even tooth loss
Types of Nightguards
There are a few types of nightguards you may want to consider.
Custom nightguards are made based on an imprint of your teeth. They’re created under the guidance of a dentist, to fit your teeth perfectly. They’re more comfortable, and they’re designed specifically for the level of pressure you apply when you grind your teeth.
Hard nightguards are available over the counter. They’re usually one-size-fits-all or may have small customization options. They’re rarely as comfortable or as well-fitted as custom guards, so you may find yourself having to buy a few models.
OTC nightguards are usually a “boil and bite” option. You boil them and then bite into them to create an impression of your teeth. They’re often a better choice than one-size-fits-all hard nightguards, although they’re rarely as durable or comfortable as nightguards made by a dental lab.
Dental Nightguard at Sparr Heights Smiles
At Sparr Heights Smiles, we create custom-tailored nightguards from a comfortable material that perfectly fits your teeth. Our nightguards are more comfortable, effective, and durable than hard nightguards or over-the-counter options.
Contact us today to find out if a dental night guard is right for you. We can also help you understand the cause of your bruxism, to address teeth grinding from the root.