Night Guards (Occlusal Guards) are to be worn over the teeth and used for different purposes. Night guards are used to help minimize the effects on teeth and oral structures from habits such as clenching and grinding. These appliances protect the teeth from strong vertical and horizontal forces, which can cause teeth to crack, break or prematurely wear over time.
Occlusal Guards are removable devices that fit over the teeth and are used to help prevent the wearing down of teeth during sleep due to night time grinding and clenching. Sometimes these guards are also worn during the day if the patient's problems are more serious than just the average teeth grinding problems.
Are you an athlete that participates in high-intensity or contact sports? If you answered, yes, you may be in need of a dental mouth guard. Used for a variety of purposes, mouth guards are dental appliances used to protect your smile and treat dental conditions caused by jaw irregularities. During sports, athletes are often faced with the possibility of injury.