Oftentimes, the terms ‘night guard,’ and ‘mouth guard’ are used interchangeably, but there are a few very important differences between the two. We want our dental patients to be educated and aware of these differences so that you can determine which choice is the right one for you or your child!
A night guard is what is worn by sufferers of bruxism. Bruxism is the subconscious clenching or grinding of the teeth, usually at night. Bruxism can cause a lot of damage to your teeth including loss of enamel, chips and cracks in the teeth, increased tooth sensitivity, and even the loosening and eventual loss of teeth.
If the signs of bruxism are spotted, Dr. Nora Balota will take a mold of your teeth and have a custom night guard created for you. Not only will this night guard protect your teeth from damage, but it will also allow you to get a better night’s sleep and wake feeling rested. After a few nights of wearing the night guard, you should begin to notice a marked improvement and decrease of symptoms.
While night guards are worn at night to protect the teeth, mouth guards are protective accessories worn during sports or other physical activities to prevent potential injury to the gums, teeth, and lips. According to the American Dental Association, you should be using a mouth guard in the participation of the following sports:
In addition to protecting your mouth and teeth, mouth guards have also been shown to decrease the risk of brain injuries and concussions. Dr. Balota can fit you or your child with a custom mouth guard to protect the mouth, teeth, and lips during sports and other physical activities.