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night guard diagramatic representation at Agrasen Dental Wellness Center, Tri-Nagar
Things you may want to know about Night Guard

What is a night guard?

A night guard, also known as an occlusal or bite guard, is a custom-made oral appliance worn during sleep to protect the teeth and jaw from the harmful effects of grinding (bruxism) or clenching.

Why might I need a night guard?

Night guards are recommended for individuals who grind or clench their teeth during sleep. This habit can lead to tooth wear, jaw pain, headaches, and other dental issues. A night guard helps alleviate these problems.

How does a night guard work?

A night guard creates a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing them from coming into direct contact. This cushioning effect absorbs the force of grinding or clenching, protecting the teeth from wear and reducing strain on the jaw muscles.

Are there different types of night guards?

Yes, there are various types of night guards. The most common types are soft night guards, dual laminate night guards, and hard night guards. The type recommended for you will depend on your specific needs and the severity of your bruxism.

How is a night guard made?

Night guards are custom-made based on an impression of your teeth. The dentist takes an impression of your upper and lower teeth and sends it to a dental laboratory where the night guard is fabricated to fit your mouth precisely.

Are night guards comfortable to wear?

Yes, night guards are designed to be comfortable and fit securely in your mouth. Initially, it may take a few days to get used to wearing a night guard, but most people find them comfortable after a short adjustment period.

How long does a night guard last?

The lifespan of a night guard can vary based on the type of material and the severity of bruxism. On average, a night guard can last 1-5 years. Regular check-ups with your dentist will help monitor its condition and effectiveness.

Can I clean my night guard?

Yes, it's important to clean your night guard regularly to maintain oral hygiene. Rinse it with cold water before and after each use. Brush it with a soft toothbrush and mild soap, and store it in its case when not in use.

Can I wear a night guard if I have braces or dental work?

Yes, you can wear a night guard if you have braces or dental work. In fact, it's especially important to protect your investment in dental work from the potential damage caused by grinding or clenching.

How can I get a night guard for myself?

Contact our clinic to schedule a consultation. Our dentist will assess your needs, discuss your options, and recommend the best type of night guard for you. We'll then take an impression of your teeth to create a custom night guard that fits you perfectly.

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