Night Guard for Clenching and Teeth Grinding
The dentists often prescribe wearing night guards so that there is no damage to the teeth and enamel. Auburn dentist says that when you clench the jaw, it helps to lighten the tension and give cushion to muscles in the jaw.
Types of night guards
- Soft night guard
It’s one of the most commonly used night guards. It is used for mild or occasional cases and not for severe grinders.
- Most comfortable fit of all the night guards
- Most adaptable and easy to get used to
- Usually low in cost
- Some people unintentionally clench or chew on soft material
- Not as durable
Dual Laminate Night Guards
This type of mouth guard is used for severe grinders.
- Handles heavy clenching and grinding
- Longer lasting
- Usually offers a longer warranty than soft guards
- Tend to be a little thicker than other guards
- Seem to be harder to adjust to
Hard Night Guards
Hard night guards are made from acrylic and are extremely rigid but durable.
- Most durable
- Prevents teeth from shifting
- Usually offers longest warranty
- Thicker than soft night guards
- More comfortable than others
- Difficult to get used to sleeping in
Here are a few tips to help you adjust your night guard:
- Choose the thinnest possible guard suitable for you
- Stick with it for at least 4 to 6 weeks and make it a habit
- Put it right before you sleep
Fitting your night guard
The one size fits all are not the custom night guards and will be least effective
With boil and bite, you just boil in water and bite into it to leave your own impression. It’s a simple and common type of night guard
The made in lab night guards are the one that your dentist offers. It’s more accurate as it is made with your impression in the lab.
Sleep Apnea and Bruxism
Sometimes, teeth grinding can also be a side effect of sleep apnea. If sleep apnea is ruled out, a night guard is needed to give your jaw some relief.