What are Night Guards?
Night guards, like mouth guards, are retainer-like soft or hard plastic pieces that cover either the top or bottom set of teeth to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching (also known as sleep bruxism) while you sleep. They cushion your teeth from the force of clenching and grinding and prevent the teeth from grinding together, helping to prevent headaches, damaged teeth, and inflamed gums.
You may need a night guard if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- A headache upon waking up
- Sore or tight jaw or facial muscles
- Chipped teeth
- A feeling of “loose” teeth
- Discomfort when chewing
What is the difference between a mouth guard and a night guard?
Mouth guards are used to protect your mouth from sports-related injuries, while night guards are worn while you sleep to help protect your teeth from bruxism or grinding your teeth. Both are excellent at protecting your mouth.
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