How Do I Pick Which Night Grinding Guard Will Work Best For Me?

There are two types of night guards available. Over the counter night guards are available from the drug store and custom night guards are made in a dental lab. The over the counter guards are cheaper than a custom night guard, and are bulkier and less comfortable and typically don’t last as long. Custom night guards are made in a dental lab, using an impression of your teeth allowing for  the tightest, most comfortable fit and are very durable.

The most important part of picking a night grinding guard is understanding your type of Bruxism. Some guards are designed to prevent teeth from grinding, others from clenching or a combination of both.

Soft Night Guard: This guard is constructed with 3mm of a flexible, soft comfortable material. This night guard works well for teeth clenching and light grinding. Single Layer Hard Night Guard: This guard contains 1mm of a dense protective material. This night guard is designed for people with light grinding that prefer a thinner less bulky solution.

Dual Laminate Night Guard: This guard is 3mm thick and combines 1mm of a soft inner material and a 2mm harder exterior. This guard is designed for heavy grinding and moderate clenching.

Hard Flexible Night Guard: This guard offers maximum protection Night Guardwith 3mm of an extremely dense material, but is still flexible. This night guard is designed for severe night grinding and strong clenching.



There are also specialty guards. They are referred to as BackCut or DayGuards. These guards will have the front incisors of the guard removed. BackCut night guards also work well when being worn during the day because they are less noticeable then standard trimmed night guards.

The Difference Between Essix and Hawley Retainers

The Difference between Essix and Hawley Retainers

Dental professionals prescribe the use of  orthodontic retainers to protect the alignment of your teeth. Currently there are two main types on the market. Known as the Hawley and the Essix retainers, they are designed to prevent  shifting of the teeth. You would typically wear a retainer after undergoing dental orthodontic treatment or to prevent the teeth from shifting further. TExample of Hawley Retainerhe Hawley Model The Hawley retainer was invented by Dr. Charles Hawley in 1908. It is an older model that relies on wires attached to the anterior teeth for proper placement. If you have one of these appliances, you will notice that the wires are anchored into an acrylic base. For proper wear, you need to push the base against the palate. Unfortunately, doing so can make it difficult for some wearers to talk when wearing the retainer. On the upside, an orthodontist can adjust the wires of a Hawley retainer as needed. The Essix Model

Essix Retainers
Single Essix Clear Retainer

An Essix retainer is the newer style of retainers. It is made from a clear 1-mm EVA (vinyl) sheet material that is formed over a dental stone positive impression of your teeth. These retainers are not as costly as the Hawley retainer and are much more comfortable to wear on a daily basis. Not surprisingly, their popularity has eclipsed the older Hawley style retainers. The majority of today’s modern labs vacuum-form the retainers they produce.  At SportingSmiles, we thermo-form them to provide you with superior tautness and the most accurate retainer based on your dental needs. The retainers are made from the same material as Invisalign even though they are not designed to actually move your teeth. We custom-tailor them to keep your teeth in their current position as indicated by your orthodontist. Among the advantages of the Essix retainer are they are clear, less expensive, less noticeable, more comfortable and make it a lot easier to speak when you are wearing them. Contact us today to order your retainer. SportingSmiles invites you to like us on Facebook, add us to your circles on Google+ and follow us on Twitter!