Choosing a Night Guard

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Premade Night Guards

Night guards are available over-the-counter. While these options can be cost-effective, they may not deliver results. Premade night guards don't always fit properly, and they can be uncomfortable. Over-the-counter night guards are also less durable.

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Custom-fitted Night Guards

Custom-fitted night guards are built to last, and they adapt to the patient's unique needs. Custom night guards can even adapt to braces or other dental appliances. These devices work alongside existing dental or orthodontic treatments.


Modern Night Guards

Modern night guards are made from translucent acrylic, and they are designed to be discreet. There is no need to be self-conscious about a clunky or unattractive appliance. Patients can choose the material for their devices. Our team creates each custom night guard to each patient's specifications.

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Peoria Night Guards

Tooth grinding can trigger jaw pain and restless slumber. A night guard can help if you struggle to stop grinding or clenching your teeth. Customized night guards adapt to your dental needs and mouth shape. Night guards gently cushion your jaws during sleep and prevent dental damage.
Clenching and grinding can destroy the tooth enamel. Patients may be at a higher risk for cavities, tooth sensitivity, or gum erosion during their lifetime. People with bruxism can also develop unsightly chipped teeth or muscle tension. These symptoms can lead to cosmetic dental issues and have a significant impact on the quality of life. Many people who grind their teeth report headaches, neck pain, and restless sleep. Night guards may allow affected individuals to sleep more soundly.
Dental night guards are available at Thunderbird Dental Studio in Peoria and the surrounding area. Each custom-fitted mouth protector is designed to ease bruxism symptoms, a condition that results from tooth grinding. Over time, bruxism can lead to chipped teeth and jaw misalignment. Night guards help prevent these troublesome dental problems.


Night Guards as a Dental Treatment



Bruxism is a common condition that affects up to 10% of Americans. People with bruxism unconsciously grind their teeth or clench their jaw. Often, this tooth-grinding occurs during the night. As a result, many people with bruxism are unaware that they have the condition. Over time, bruxism can lead to serious dental problems. Night guards help protect the teeth by easing pressure in the jaw. These devices also guard the teeth against chips and uneven wear patterns that often result from jaw clenching.



The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw to the skull. Nighttime grinding or clenching often lead to TMJ disorders, including stubborn headaches and neck pain. Night guards are a simple method for preventing or treating TMJ problems.


Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea develops when patients stop breathing for brief periods during the night. Airflow may become blocked due to the placement of the jaw and tongue. Night guards can align the jaw, relieving some sleep apnea symptoms and preventing life-threatening health complications.

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FAQ's About Night Guards

  • What is bruxism?

    Bruxism results from tooth grinding or clenching. Symptoms can include:● Chipped or cracked teeth.● Jaw pain or jaw locking.● Headaches or facial tension.● Jaw clicking or popping.
    Our team can usually diagnose bruxism by examining your teeth and jaw muscles. A night guard can ease bruxism symptoms.

  • When should I see a dentist if I suspect that I have bruxism?

    If you notice symptoms of bruxism, notify your dental team right away. The sooner you receive treatment, the better. Untreated bruxism can cause significant dental damage. A night guard helps protect your teeth from chips, cracks, and uneven wear.

  • How can I choose the right night guard?

    Our dental team can help you review your options. While over-the-counter devices may seem tempting, custom-fitted devices offer added protection. We can order a customized night guard that meets your dental needs.

  • How to take care of a night guard?

    Taking care of one's teeth allows the night guard to provide optimal protection. Patients should make sure to brush and floss before inserting the device. They should also take care to clean it before and after each use.
    Begin by rinsing the night guard with clean water. Then brush the device using your toothbrush and toothpaste. Once the night guard is in place, patients should not consume anything except plain water. They should also try not to expose the night guard to heat, either. Hot water or direct sunlight can warp the material.
    Contact our team if the device gets lost or becomes damaged. Using a damaged or poorly fitted device can risk your oral health. We can arrange for a replacement night guard.

  • Do over-the-counter night guards work?

    Over-the-counter appliances may provide some protection, but they often fit poorly. Many patients find these devices clunky and uncomfortable. Custom-fitted night guards are designed with your unique needs in mind.

  • How long does it take to create a custom-fitted night guard?

    Our team can take impressions of your teeth during a routine office visit. After the impressions are complete, the team sends them to a dental lab. It usually takes about two weeks to have your night guard created and shipped.

  • What is the difference between a mouth guard and a night guard?

    Many patients wonder about the difference between mouth guards and night guards. These devices indeed serve a similar purpose. Mouthguards protect teeth during physical activities like football or boxing. Dentists often recommend mouthguards to athletes and active adults.

    Night guards protect against bruxism, or grinding and clenching the teeth during sleep. Nighttime teeth grinding can cause severe dental damage. Over time, grinding one's teeth can destroy the enamel and trigger gum erosion. Without treatment, the damage can progress, and some patients may need dental surgery. Night guards can help protect bruxism patients from permanent dental damage.

  • How often do I need to wear my night guard?

    It is vital to wear a night guard consistently to protect against tooth damage. Wearing a night guard on an irregular schedule offers minimal protection. Most patients can expect to wear their devices every night.

  • Can I use a night guard if I have braces?

    Even patients with braces can still benefit from a night guard. Modern night guards fit over braces and other dental appliances. Our team creates a custom-fitted night guard that works alongside any other dental treatments.