What are Night Guards?
A night guard is a type of mouthguard that is worn at night to help protect the teeth from grinding. Many people unknowingly clench their teeth together tightly when they are sleeping. This can be very harmful to the teeth. Experts suggest somewhere between 10 to 15% of all adults experience teeth grinding.
Alleviating the Effects of Teeth Grinding
The most common way to alleviate the damage caused by grinding the teeth is to wear a special mouthpiece, or a night guard. It is usually only worn at nighttime and it can be purchased without a prescription. Most pharmacies carry them.
How are night guards used?
A night guard can be obtained from your dentist and specially made to fit your teeth. Or it can be purchased at a pharmaceutical supply. If it is purchased over the counter, then you will put it in boiling water for just a few seconds so it becomes soft. They you can bite down gently on the guard to shape it to the teeth.
Do I need to see a dentist to get a night guard?
It is not entirely necessary to visit a dentist to get a night guard. However, if it is to fit perfectly and be of higher quality it will require a visit to the dental office. When the dentist makes a mouth guard it is fit to your teeth which means it will ultimately be more comfortable. This means you are far more likely to wear it each night without disrupting your sleep.