What is a night guard?
Nightguards are a protective solution for patients that subconsciously grind and clench their teeth while they sleep. These custom-made accessories work as a soft barrier between your teeth to prevent painful clenching and grinding overnight. When biting down, the night guard eases the tension between your jaw muscles and shields your teeth from enamel erosion. Wearing your custom-molded night guard can alleviate the painful side effects of the clenching and grinding, so you can sleep with ease.
With the iTero Intraoral Scanner, your dentist can take a non-invasive 3D scan that captures the form and structure of your mouth for custom-fit night guards. It’s a fully digital process — no putty necessary.
Advanced Tools for Precise Care
While traditional x-rays provide 2-dimensional images, our Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) can capture a 360 view of your jaw, teeth, and mouth. This unparalleled precision allows your dentist to provide the most accurate diagnosis for your unique condition.
Types of night guards
Soft Night Guard
A soft night guard is a custom-made compressible mouthpiece created in our office. Patients experiencing mild cases of night clenching and grinding may be prescribed a soft night guard. This type of night guard provides gentle protection against teeth contact and preserves alignment. The soft material cushions the teeth’s clenching forces and can ease jaw muscle tension.
Dual Laminate Night Guard
A Dual Laminate night guard is a custom-made, semi-rigid mouthpiece created in a lab outside the office. This night guard is suited for patients experiencing more severe night clenching and grinding. A Dual Laminate night guard is soft on the inside and hard on the outside, offering cushiony protection and strong durability. This long-lasting appliance is a great option for patients that are looking for a solution to their severe mouth clenching and grinding.
Acrylic Night Guard
An Acrylic Night Guard is a custom-made, rigid mouthpiece made at a lab outside the office. This appliance is a great option for patients who suffer from heavy, severe night clenching and are in need of a long-lasting guard. Because it is entirely made of hard acrylic material, the Acrylic Night Guard is rigid and non-compressible, making it the most durable night guard available.
How it works: The night guard treatment process
At your consultation, your dentist will determine if night guards are right for you. Your doctor will examine your mouth for unusual wear spots on your teeth and any visible indicators related to teeth grinding or clenching.
Your dentist will then take a mold of your teeth by placing them in a tray filled with impression material. Once the material sets around your teeth, the impression is removed. Your dentist may administer some adjustments to ensure your teeth are properly aligning on the mold. Once this is complete, your dentist will create the guard in the office or ship the mold to a special laboratory to make your night guard.
Fitting and Adjustments
Once the night guard is ready, your dentist will place the night guard in your mouth to ensure proper fitting. You will also receive accessories and homecare instructions for long-lasting, durable wear.