The Basics Of Dental Night Guards

Posted on: 27 April 2023

Does your jaw feel sore when you wake up in the morning, or do you have a very bad headache each morning when you should be well rested? If so, it's possible that you are clenching or grinding your teeth at night without even realizing it. A potential solution to this problem is to wear a dental night guard, which can be custom-made by your dentist to fit your mouth. Here are a few things you need to know about night guards before you get one.

What Are Night Guards?

Night guards are also referred to as occlusal guards, which is the technical term that your dentist may use. The purpose is to wear them over your teeth while sleeping, and it will prevent your teeth from touching when you are grinding or clenching them. The material of the night guard is typically acrylic or plastic material and acts as a solid barrier between your teeth. If the teeth cannot rub then you are not going to cause damage.

What Types Of Night Guards Are There?

Night guards are made of soft, hard, and dual laminate material. A soft night guard is going to be the most comfortable of the three because they conform to your teeth's unique shape. However, the material is less durable than the other two, which means that the night guard is going to need to be replaced more often. 

A dual laminate night guard is made from both hard and soft material, which is a good mix of materials that still allows the night guard to be effective and durable. Hard night guards are often recommended when someone has a major issue with clenching and teeth grinding. The night guard is going to be able to withstand long-term use without being replaced, all while protecting your teeth. 

What Are The Benefits Of Night Guard?

You may be wondering why it's worth getting a night guard. One main reason is to protect your teeth. Anybody with issues where they grind or clench their teeth is more at risk of having teeth wear down, chip, crack, and be damaged in other ways. Night guards also help reduce the pain you feel in the morning, and can help you feel more rested. You'll find that your sleep quality also improves, and you'll be less tired and fatigued during the day. 

Think you may benefit from wearing a night guard? Ask your dentist for more information.