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Night Guards In Marlboro, NJ

Night guards are a crucial component of orthodontic care, designed to protect your teeth and jaw while you sleep. At Dental Healing Arts NJ, under the expert care of Dr. Keith Dobrin, a board-certified orthodontist with extensive training and experience, we prioritize your dental health and comfort. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into everything you need to know about night guards, their benefits, types, and how they can enhance your orthodontic treatment.

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What are Night Guards?

  • Night guards, also known as occlusal guards or bite splints, are dental appliances worn during sleep to protect teeth and jaws from damage caused by grinding (bruxism) or clenching. These habits, often unconscious, can lead to various dental issues, including enamel wear, tooth fractures, jaw pain, and headaches.

How Night Guards Enhance Orthodontic Treatment:

Night guards play a significant role in orthodontic treatment by:

  • Protecting Orthodontic Appliances: Night guards shield braces, wires, and other orthodontic appliances from damage caused by teeth grinding.
  • Promoting Healing: They provide a protective barrier for teeth and gums, allowing them to heal properly during orthodontic treatment.
  • Preventing Relapse: Night guards help maintain the results of orthodontic treatment by preventing tooth movement caused by grinding.
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Benefits of Night Guards:

Night guards offer several benefits, including:

  1. Protection: They act as a barrier between upper and lower teeth, preventing them from grinding against each other.
  2. Pain Relief: Night guards alleviate jaw pain, headaches, and muscle tension associated with bruxism.
  3. Prevention of Tooth Damage: By cushioning the impact of grinding, night guards help prevent enamel wear and tooth fractures.
  4. Improved Sleep Quality: By reducing discomfort and disturbances caused by bruxism, night guards promote better sleep quality.
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Types of Night Guards:

There are different types of night guards tailored to individual needs:

  1. Soft Night Guards: Made from flexible materials, soft night guards provide cushioning for mild to moderate bruxism.
  2. Hard Night Guards: Constructed from rigid materials like acrylic, hard night guards offer superior durability and protection for severe bruxism.
  3. Hybrid Night Guards: Combining features of both soft and hard guards, hybrid night guards offer customized comfort and protection.

Custom vs. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Night Guards:

While OTC night guards are readily available, they lack the personalized fit and quality of custom-made guards provided by a qualified orthodontist like Dr. Keith Dobrin. Custom night guards are meticulously crafted to fit your unique dental structure, ensuring optimal comfort and effectiveness.

FAQs About Night-Guards

 A1: Rinse your night guard with cool water before and after each use. Brush it gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild soap, then rinse thoroughly. Avoid using hot water or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the guard.

A2: The lifespan of a night guard varies depending on the type and frequency of use. On average, custom night guards provided by Dental Healing Arts NJ can last several years with proper care.

 A3: Yes, children who exhibit signs of bruxism can benefit from wearing night guards. Dr. Keith Dobrin can assess your child’s needs and recommend the most suitable type of night guard for them.

Conclusion

Investing in a custom night guard from Dental Healing Arts NJ can safeguard your smile and enhance your overall orthodontic experience. Under the expert guidance of Dr. Keith Dobrin, a board-certified orthodontist, you can enjoy the benefits of improved sleep quality, pain relief, and long-term dental health. Don’t let bruxism undermine your orthodontic treatment – protect your smile with a night guard today.

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