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 with 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.