Information About Night Guards
What Are Night Guards?
Dental night guards (also known as dental guards, mouth guards, nocturnal bite plates, or bite splints) help prevent tooth grinding and teeth clenching that occur during your resting hours. Night guards work by putting a barrier between your teeth, usually composed of molded plastic that fits perfectly to your teeth. When you clench your jaw or gnash your teeth while you sleep, a dental night guard for teeth helps to relieve some of the tension. Additionally, dental nightguards cushion and protect the muscles in the jaw and gums. This cushioning not only helps to prevent face and jaw pain but also protects the enamel of your teeth.
Reasons to Use Teeth Night Guards
- Relieves TMJ
- Prevents Stress & Tension Grinding
- Relievers Bruxism
- Prevents Enamel Erosion
- Relieves Sleep Apnea
- Helps Those With Deviated Septum Breath Better
- Prevents Headaches
- Prevents Plaque Buildup
Why Not Purchase Over-the-Counter NightGuards?
Like most medical and dental products, there are less-grade versions available for anyone looking for a lower price point. The same is true for dental night guards. While you can purchase night guards off your local pharmacy’s shelf, the vast majority are poorly made in comparison to those you’d receive at City Dental Center. That’s because we mold and custom fit your night guard to form to your mouth shape. We even have our own dental fabrication lab so there’s little wait to receive quality night guards.
Another issue with nightguards is related to the point above. Dental nightguards you can find in stores or without a prescription are usually one-size-fits-all. They’re definitely better than nothing because any barrier will help stop grinding to some extent. However, because they do not fit properly, they often slip and tear at the gums overnight. That’s because they are not properly helped in place like professional night guards do. Finally, thinner is better and most in-store nightguards are thick because the manufacturers have to estimate a product that will work for anyone who pulls one off the shelf.
If cost is prohibitive and you’re worried about spending money on professional nightguards, we understand. However, in this case, quality is an important factor and we always recommend form-fitting night guards if you have the option. If you’re looking for a way to afford dental-grade night guards, contact City Dental Centers to see if we can help.