What is a nightguard?
At first glance a nightguard might look a lot like a retainer. Both may be made from clear plastic and fit over your upper or lower teeth.
How does a nightguard work?
If you grind your teeth at night (or bruxism to give it its medical name), you may have been recommended to wear a nightguard. Their main purpose is to protect your teeth by providing a barrier between your upper and lower teeth.
Why should I use a nightguard?
While there are many reasons why people grind their teeth, the potential harm to your teeth is the same. You may not even be aware you’re doing it, but the constant grinding wears down your teeth, abrading the enamel, potentially exposing more vulnerable parts of your teeth and weakening them.
How should I care for a nightguard?
Just like retainers, it’s important to care for your nightguard on a daily basis. Regular effective cleaning will reduce bacterial build up that can cause bad breath and discolouration. Using a suitable, specialist removable dental appliance cleanser daily, like Polident Pro Retainer & Guard Cleanser, can be a convenient and easy way to help ensure your retainer, aligner or nightguard is kept clean. These dissolvable tablets are gentle enough for daily use and specially designed with Crystal Clear technology to lift stains and keep your removable dental appliance clean and are proven to kill 99.99% of odor-causing bacteria in just 3 minutes.*
* In laboratory tests