A night guard is a special dental appliance worn at night to protect your teeth from the effects of grinding or clenching. The guard is designed to fit over your lower or upper teeth.
The material used for night guards is usually more durable and thicker than other mouthguards. Wearing a night guard prevents further wear and tear on your teeth by creating a barrier between your top and bottom rows of teeth. This helps keep them healthy while reducing problems like headaches, jaw pain, and teeth sensitivity.
Dr Christina Skelton is experienced in custom-fitting the right type of night guard for you based on your unique dental profile and needs.
Not all night guards are alike. Different materials and designs cater to various levels of bruxism. Selecting the right type of night guard for your needs is crucial for effective treatment.
Dr Christina will begin by assessing your mouth and teeth and reviewing any medical history relevant to your custom-fitted night guard.
After the assessment, specific measurements will be taken to ensure your night guard is custom-fitted. These measurements will then fabricate a device that fits snugly on each arch of your teeth.
Once the night guard is fabricated, it will be ready for pickup! Dr Skelton will also discuss any maintenance instructions needed to ensure its longevity and effectiveness.
High-stress levels can lead to teeth grinding and clenching at night.
Yes. Although they are made with solid material and can last years, we understand that accidents happen, and when they do, we're here to help! We offer minimal replacement fees, and all our appliances have a warranty. Don't hesitate to ask us about our warranty on these appliances in case of any defects or breakages.
While a night guard primarily addresses teeth grinding and clenching, it may offer some relief from snoring and mild sleep apnea cases. However, it's essential to consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis and tailored treatment plan.
The lifespan of a night guard depends on its material, the severity of your bruxism, and how well you maintain it. Soft night guards typically last 6-12 months, while hard night guards can last up to several years. Contact us today for more information on how to use your night guard effectively.