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What is a Nightguard?

A nightguard, also known as an occlusal or dental guard, is a dental appliance designed to be worn while sleeping to protect the teeth and jaws. Typically made of soft or hard materials, a nightguard helps prevent teeth grinding or clenching, a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism can lead to various dental issues, such as tooth wear, fractures, and jaw pain. The nightguard acts as a cushion, creating a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to absorb the forces generated during grinding, thus reducing the potential for dental damage and alleviating associated discomfort. Nightguards are custom-fitted by Dr. Klein based on an individual's dental impressions, ensuring a comfortable and effective fit.

How long does a Nightguard last?

The lifespan of a nightguard typically ranges from 1 to 5 years, depending on factors like material type and severity of teeth grinding. To clean a nightguard, rinse it with cool water after each use and gently brush it using a soft toothbrush and mild soap or toothpaste. Periodically, soak the nightguard in a denture cleaner or a water and baking soda mixture for disinfection and stain removal. Avoid harsh chemicals and store the nightguard in a dry, ventilated container when not in use.

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