A night guard, also known as a dental mouth guard or a bite guard, is an appliance prescribed to patients to treat teeth grinding (bruxism). In general, it protects the teeth and other vital structures by offering a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth. The difference between the different types of prescription night guards is in the material used. Over the counter night guards do not offer this option, which is another reason why professionally made night guard are superior.
There are three main types of night guards that may be prescribed based on the patient’s need: soft, dual laminate or rigid acrylic night guard.
The acrylic night guard is a rigid appliance. While the design, extent and coverage is similar, the material is much tougher. An acrylic night guard can last up to 5 years or more with regular use. Since it may be used for such a long time, it is important to regularly clean and care for your acrylic guard. For more information, please refer to this article on how to clean and care for your night guard.
Because the acrylic night guard is made from a completely rigid material, it is very important to get a perfectly fitted custom night guard. If the impression is not accurate, or if the craftsmanship is not perfect, the night guard may simply not fit onto the patient’s teeth.
To find out which type of night guard is best for your case, you can go see your dentist for a recommendation. Most dentists will also offer to make you a custom night guard; however, you can get the same quality professionally made custom night guard at ProTeethGuard.com for a fraction of the price.
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