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What are night guards?

A night guard consists of durable acrylic material that creates a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. This protective barrier prevents your teeth from coming into contact while you’re asleep. Separating your teeth reduces the impact of teeth grinding and jaw clenching on your oral health. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, prematurely wears down your teeth, eventually damaging the enamel that helps protect your teeth from damage and decay. Night guards also absorb the tension that occurs when you clench your jaw muscles. This helps reduce pain, headaches, and stiffness caused by teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

What to expect when using night guards?

Night guards are custom-created so that they perfectly fit your mouth. We take impressions of your mouth before making your night guard; this allows your night guard to be as comfortable and effective as possible. It might take a few days to get used to wearing your night guard. Once you’re used to using  a night guard, you may find that it’s difficult to comfortably sleep without them. Each morning, clean your night guard using soapy water and a scrub brush. Rinse it and let it air dry.

What are the benefits?

Night guards have multiple benefits for our patients and their long-term dental health:

Improves sleep quality

Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw make it difficult for you to get restful, restorative sleep. Jaw clenching is even associated with snoring that’s a known sleep disrupter. Poor sleep quality is associated with a higher risk of suffering from several conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. By wearing a night guard, you eliminate the problems that impact your sleep. Night guards reposition your jaw and open your airway so that you’re able to breathe better.

Protects your teeth

A night guard is an effective solution for protecting your teeth. When your teeth constantly come into contact with each other, this wears the enamel away and puts stress on them that can cause cracks or fractures.

Insufficient enamel puts you at a higher risk of experiencing tooth decay and cavities. Untreated cavities can lead to infection and severe dental problems, like gum recession. Your teeth are also more likely to be sensitive to hot and cold foods when your enamel is damaged.

Offers affordable, convenient treatment

One of the top advantages of using a night guard to manage teeth grinding and jaw clenching is that it’s affordable and convenient. When compared to other procedures used for treating jaw clenching, like jaw surgery, a night guard is a cheaper, less invasive alternative. 

Nightguards in Queens & Brooklyn, NY - Downtown Braces & Children's Dentistry

Night Guards, Queens & Brooklyn, New York


A night guard is a special type of mouthguard that prevents nighttime habits from negatively affecting your oral health. Night guards are an effective solution for minimizing the issues caused by teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

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