What is a night guard?
At first glance a night guard 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 night guard work?
If you grind your teeth at night (or bruxism to give it its medical name), you may have been recommended to wear a night guard. Their main purpose is to protect your teeth by providing a barrier between your upper and lower teeth.
Why should I use a night guard?
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 night guard?
Just like retainers, it’s important to care for your night guard 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 Retainer & Mouthguard Cleanser, can be a convenient and easy way to help ensure your retainer, aligner or night guard is kept clean. These dissolvable tablets are formulated to be gentle enough for daily use and specially designed with Crystal Clear technology to lift stains and help keep your removable dental appliance clean and remove* 99.9% of odour-causing bacteria in just 3 minutes.**
*When used as directed. ** In laboratory tests; Kiesow, A. et al. (2016) J. Prosthet. Dent. 115(2) 189-198. Sponsored by Haleon