What is Nightguard?
A nightguard is a retainer-like plastic appliance that can be worn on either the top or the bottom row of teeth. It protects the teeth from the pressure of clenching and grinding by providing a cushion between the upper and lower teeth. A nightguard can be a simple, affordable solution for protecting your teeth and jaws from the damaging effects of nighttime clenching and grinding by helping to relax the muscles in the jaw. Once we determine that you’re a good candidate for a nightguard, we will create one that’s custom-made for your mouth, and you can rest soundly again.
Do I need a nightguard?
There are many reasons why wearing a nightguard could be right for you. A few examples include:
- Nighttime wear to prevent damage from teeth grinding and bruxism
- To serve as a barrier between the lips and oral appliances, such as metal braces
- To protect bridgework or implant
What should I expect when my dentist fits me for a nightguard?
Your first visit will consist of taking an impression of your teeth that will be used as a mold for your nightguard. At your follow up appointment we will fit your nightguard before you take it home.
Should I follow any special instructions?
Before you leave you will receive instructions for how and when to wear it, and how to care for your nightguard.