A night mouth guard is a slim, plastic insert that fits over the teeth, covering the biting surfaces. Night guards form a protective layer between the upper and lower jaw, absorbing heavy forces and reducing tooth damage.
Night mouth guards are custom made and specially designed for sleeping.
Grinding Teeth While Sleeping
Most people clench and grind their teeth without knowing it. Grinding during sleep is when the highest forces are exerted. This leads to wearing away of vital tooth structure, short or cracked teeth, and muscle tension resulting in headaches and longer-term jaw joint degradation. Using a night guard while sleeping aims to prevent much of this type of damage.
What to expect when getting a night mouth guard
The dentist will take a mould of your mouth to make the night guard. Once made (allow 2 weeks), the dentist will fit it for you and show you how to properly clean and care for your new night guard. Night guards will show signs of wear and tear and need replacing every few years.