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Nightguards can be worn to protect your teeth when you grind them as you sleep. The ideal nightguard is custom-fitted by your dentist to provide you with the most protection and comfort. By wearing the guard as you sleep, you can save yourself both the wear to your teeth and the painful morning effects of grinding.


A nightguard is a small piece of plastic that fits over your teeth. If you are self-conscious about your appearance, the nightguard can be made in clear plastic so no one can even tell you are wearing it but you.

Save Yourself from Pain

You may not realize you are grinding your teeth during sleep, but if you are, you are probably noticing several symptoms. The effects can be quite painful. The good news is that a proper nightguard can eliminate these symptoms.
• Dull morning headache
• Jaw pain
• Teeth sensitivity

Protect Yourself from Damage

Teeth grinding can cause damage to your teeth and jaw. Nightguards protect you as you sleep so you avoid these problems.
• Cracked or fractured teeth
• Worn down teeth
• Loose teeth
• Damaged jaws
• Misshapen face

Fitting the Nightguard

The dentist examines your teeth for signs of excessive wear and fractured teeth. Depending on the condition of your mouth, the dentist may take x-rays to determine if you need to have dental work to repair damage that has already happened.
The dentist then takes an impression of your teeth so the nightguard can be custom-made to your mouth. After the mouthguard is fabricated, the dentist checks it to make sure it fits perfectly.

Checking the Nightguard

At each of your regular dental checkups, you need to bring the nightguard with you so your dentist can check it for wear and make sure it still fits properly. This is especially important for children or teenagers, as their mouth may change shape as they grow.
A nightguard will last a long time if you take care of it properly. However, if you continue to need one, you will eventually need a new one. Your dentist can make that recommendation when the time comes, but you can help watch for problems.
Look at the nightguard regularly for signs of wear and tear. You can also pay attention to how the nightguard feels in your mouth and talk to the dentist if you need to. It is always better to follow up with the dentist rather than not wearing the nightguard. If you do have a problem, the dentist can solve it for you so you can keep protecting your teeth and jaw.

Taking Care of Your Nightguard

Your dentist will provide a special case for your custom-fitted nightguard. Always store it inside its case when you are not wearing it. The case allows air to circulate around the nightguard to keep it fresh and strong.
Every morning when you take out your nightguard, rinse it with cold water. Once a week, clean it more thoroughly with a toothpaste and toothbrush. During this once-a-week maintenance, don’t forget to clean its case. Your nightguard provides comfort and protection as long as you take care of it and follow your dentist’s advice for its care.