A good night’s sleep can solve a lot of problems. But for those who suffer from teeth grinding (bruxism), nighttime can be troublesome. Indeed, sleep bruxism can be a source of immense dental discomfort and potential damage. Fortunately, dental night guards are a practical preventive dentistry solution to protect teeth and alleviate the effects of this condition. 

If you’re waking up with sore teeth, tight neck and back muscles, and lingering jaw pain, you might be one of the millions of patients suffering from sleep bruxism. Contact Thomas F. Brown D.D.S., in Naperville, IL, at (630) 369-3120 to see how mouthguards can transform your sleep and smile. 

In this guide, our team explores the various types of dental night guards available to patients. Understanding your options can help you make an informed decision about which one is best suited for your needs.

Soft Night Guards

Patients can use soft night guards created from pliable, flexible materials. These appliances are ideal for individuals with mild teeth grinding or sensitivity issues

The softness provides a cushioning effect, offering comfort during sleep. However, they may not be as durable as their harder counterparts. As a result, soft dental guards may need more frequent replacement.

Hard Mouthguards

On the opposite end of the spectrum, patients can use hard mouthguards made from rigid materials. These harder materials offer enhanced durability and protection against the forces of severe grinding and clenching. 

Although these appliances offer more protection, they can take some time to get used to due to their firmness. Nonetheless, hard night guards provide a robust barrier that can withstand the impact of teeth grinding, helping to preserve dental health over time.

Dual Laminate Mouthguards

For those seeking a balance between comfort and durability, dual laminate night guards are an excellent option. These guards consist of both soft and hard layers, combining the benefits of each. 

The soft inner layer ensures a cushioned fit for the teeth, while the outer hard layer provides robust protection. This combination makes dual laminate night guards suitable for various levels of bruxism and offers a versatile solution for many individuals.

Custom-Fit Night Guards

For the utmost precision and comfort, custom-fit night guards are the gold standard. These guards are professionally crafted by a dentist based on impressions of your teeth

Typically, custom-fitted night guards are more expensive than over-the-counter options. However, they provide superior performance and comfort, making them a worthwhile investment for long-term oral health.

Boil and Bite Mouthguards

Boil and bite night guards are a convenient over-the-counter option that allows users to mold the guard to their teeth after softening it in hot water. While more affordable than custom-fitted guards, they may not offer the same level of precision and comfort

Adjustable Night Guards

Some mouthguards come with adjustable features to accommodate changes in bite or jaw position over time. This flexibility is particularly beneficial for individuals with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues, allowing for ongoing customization to address evolving needs.

Sleep Better with a Personalized Mouthguard

Choosing the right dental appliance for you takes careful consideration. Let Thomas F. Brown, D.D.S., and his friendly team help you make the best choice for your smile. You can request an appointment with our dentists in Naperville, IL, here, or you can call (630) 369-3120 for more information and personalized advice.