The most common reason people wear a night guard for teeth is to prevent wear and tear on their smile. Many wear a mouthguard for teeth grinding and a mouthguard for sleeping. But there are so many other great reasons to wear one regularly. Whether you have TMJ disorder, bruxism, or looking for your next health habit, a night guard may be the right choice for you. Here are five ways a night guard can keep your overall health in tip-top shape.

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A proper night guard, preferably a custom dental guard, will adjust your bite to be well-balanced. This effect will allow your jaw muscles to relax for better rest—many patients who wear one report that they feel more rested upon awakening. Night guards can dramatically improve the quality of life in those who suffer from TMD (temporomandibular disorders). They report fewer headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, and facial pain.


Excessive snoring and sleep apnea can usually be traced back to a dental or oral issue. So, the best mode of treatment is to use dental or oral devices. With plenty of dental device options, Dr. Jessica Tasios of Ora Dental can recommend one right for you.

The mandibular advancement device has been widely successful in treating sleep apnea successfully. It is one of the most popular dental appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea. Much like a sports mouthguard in appearance, the device gently encourages the bottom jaw to lower and shift forward. This helps to open the airway and improve breathing, thus preventing sleep apnea.


Night guards minimize grinding and clenching to maximize comfort, thus improving your sleep patterns and giving you a better night’s sleep! A night guard will secure your jaw at its optimal position to promote deeper muscle relaxation. When these muscles are relaxed, stress is reduced, and sleep is more efficient.


Teeth may seem permanently fixed, but they are prone to drift. With the regular use of a night guard, teeth are kept in place, preventing movement – much like a retainer. Older patients with bone loss or those with periodontal disease can rely on a night guard to keep teeth immobile, decelerating tooth loss.


Without a night guard, frequent grinding and clenching of the teeth and jaw can cause chipped teeth, damaged fillings, and excessive corrosion. Over the years, this type of damage can be very costly or even irreversible. With the right guard, your teeth are protected now and down the road.

Dental Night Guard vs. Over-the-Counter

Drugstore night guards don’t always get the job done right. It’s best to work with a dentist to customize one to your unique needs with impressions. Depending on your anatomy and condition, your night guard’s material, shape, and positioning will be altered to fit you exactly. Your dentist will take an impression of your smile and send it to a lab for fabrication.


Wondering, “How much does a dental night guard cost?” You may be surprised to know that the cost is affordable. Contact us to get a price estimation. Improve your overall health with a custom dental night guard today. Call us at 647-955-2971 to schedule your consultation.