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Night Guards: What It Is, Benefits, Types, & Cost

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What Are Night Guards?

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Dental night guards are protective device that is worn to reduce the risk of damage to the teeth and gums while sleeping. They are usually made of plastic or metal and can be custom-fitted or pre-made.

People who wear night guards include those with bruxism (a condition in which you grind your teeth), people who have had dental work done on their teeth, people who have temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) or other jaw problems, and athletes who play contact sports.

Night guards come in different shapes, sizes, and materials. Some are removable and others are fixed in place. They can be worn on both upper teeth or lower teeth only; some have no bottom surface at all!

Benefits Of Night Guards

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Night guards can help you avoid the pain and expense of dental work.

Dentists say those night guards are one of the best ways to protect your teeth from damage during sleep. If you are having difficulty sleeping due to clenching or grinding your teeth, a night guard can provide a simple solution. 

They are available in plastic or metal and come in different sizes to ensure they fit comfortably.

Night guards are often used by people who suffer from bruxism, which is characterized by involuntary jaw clenching or grinding of teeth during sleep. 

If you find yourself waking up with headaches every morning or suffering from jaw pain, it’s time to talk to your dentist about getting fitted with a night guard.

Not only do night guards protect your teeth from excessive wear, but they also help keep them healthy! By protecting against tooth wear, you’ll reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss over time.

Types Of Night Guards

Different types of night guards

Generic mouthguards:

The most accessible and cost-effective type of mouthguard is a stock mouthguard. The majority of medicine stores and sporting goods stores carry them.

They typically fit over your teeth and are available in small, medium, and big sizes. Standard mouthguards typically just protect your top teeth.

Stock mouthguards have some drawbacks despite being widely available and reasonably priced. They typically don’t fit tightly and are unpleasant because they only come in a few sizes. Additionally, talking while wearing one may be challenging.

Individualized mouthguards:

Additionally, your dentist can create a mouthguard, especially for you. A mouthguard made precisely for the shape of your teeth and mouth will be made using a mould of your teeth.

This provides a much better fit than either a stock or boil-and-bite mouthguard does, which makes them more comfortable and harder to accidentally dislodge while you’re sleeping.

The best solution for you if you grind your teeth, snore, or have sleep apnea is a bespoke mouthguard. Although they are more expensive than mouthguards available on the market, many dental insurance policies will partially or completely cover the cost.

Boil-and-bite mouthguards:

Similar to stock mouthguards, boil-and-bite mouthguards are sold in most drugstores and are relatively inexpensive.

Boil-and-bite mouthguards come in a single size that you can adjust to fit your teeth, as opposed to having several sizes. The mouthguard must be boiled until it softens, then put over your front teeth while being bit down. To get the best fit, make sure you follow the instructions that come with it.

How To Take Care Of Your Mouth Guards

Night Guard storage case

Since your mouthguard spends a lot of time in your mouth, it is crucial to keep it clean and safe from harm.

Utilize your mouthguard to its full potential by doing the following:

  1. Before putting on your mouthguard, brush and floss your teeth.
  2. Both before and after wearing your mouthguard, rinse it with cool water or mouthwash. Don’t use hot water because it might warp its shape.
  3. After each use, wash it with toothpaste and a toothbrush.
  4. Check it frequently for holes or other damage indicators that indicate it needs to be replaced.
  5. For any dental appointments you have, bring your mouthguard. They can verify that it still functions properly and fits.

Cost Of Mouth Guard

Mouthguards come in different types and in a wide range thus their prices differ according to the type preferred by an individual. They range between R800 going upwards. If your insurance has coverage for dental services, that is a benefit.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can always submit a contact request if you have more questions or email info@everysmile.co.za

If you use a mouthguard correctly, it should shield your gums from harm rather than the opposite. However, if you use a mouthguard that is unclean, broken, or doesn’t fit properly, you risk harming your gums.

You can use a mouthguard while wearing braces, yes. In fact, it’s crucial to wear a mouthguard if you engage in physical activity or clench or grind your teeth. The greatest type of protection is one that is made specifically for you by your dentist.

There are a number of sports guards designed specifically for braces that protect both the upper and lower teeth. You must take great care to preserve your teeth, lips, tongue, and cheeks if you don’t want to harm your braces.

A mouthguard for teeth grinding or clenching can only protect the upper or lower teeth. The most crucial component is a proper fit; it must be cosy for you to wear it.

Yes, mouth guards can damage teeth. Dentists say that the most common way for a mouth guard to damage your teeth is by wearing it for too long. If you wear your mouth guard for more than a few hours, it can cause the gums and tongue to swell up, which may lead to tooth decay and other problems.

Another way a mouth guard damages teeth is if it doesn’t fit properly. A poorly fitted mouth guard will put pressure on your teeth and make them shift out of place.

There are also times when a dentist will recommend not wearing a mouth guard at all because it could actually increase your risk of injury. If you have braces or another medical condition that requires extra protection during sports or other physical activities, talk with your dentist before deciding whether or not to wear one.


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monde dyantyimonde dyantyi
11:10 16 Jul 23
I have been using Every Smile Dentistry for a while now. The service that I have received from the Doctors is very professional. Currently the only Dr that I use with them is Dr Somthunzi that is very patient with kids. Thank you for the excellent service Dr Somthunzi.
Janice MarriottJanice Marriott
13:54 15 Jun 23
If I could give 10 stars out of 5 - i would....the best experience i have had ever at a Dentis - Dr Somtumzi and her team are Angels-caring, professional, understanding and more....i am now 59 years old- had my 1st full set of upper dentures at the tender age of 19...which gives me 40 years of Denture Experience.....NEVER have i been treated with such dignity and grace - THANK YOU - in fact ....here are my 10 out of 5...**********
Malaika KuenaMalaika Kuena
11:40 10 Jun 23
Surgical tooth extraction was quick and painless. Thanks to Dr Mthunzi and her team in East London.
Bakhe GatyeniBakhe Gatyeni
13:09 02 Jun 23
Sesethu LeqelaSesethu Leqela
15:49 01 Jun 23
Today I went for braces consultation and the service that I received was beyond excellent,from the receptionist lady, dental nurse to Dr Zungu. He came up with many solutions on how we can tackle my issue and explained the process to the level of my understanding. Everyone at the branch is so welcoming 🙏 and super friendly/kind☺️. Please keep it up 💯!!!
Kimone BooysenKimone Booysen
08:29 16 May 23
The staff is sooo friendly. I have a big fear when it comes to dentists, but my dentist calmed me down so well and talked me through what she was going to do and what she was doing while busy. I had an infected tooth that she extracted. I felt no pain and it was over within seconds. I will definitely go back.
Soso MtiniSoso Mtini
14:01 21 Apr 23
We all dread appointments at the dentist but all my worries were put to rest by the lovely Dr Govender. She handled my tooth extraction with such great care and took time to explain the whole process. I appreciate her being so patient with me. Reception was warm and so helpful. Thank you to the whole team for being so professional and efficient.I can't wait to visit the dentist again!
ncediswa xeloncediswa xelo
11:24 12 Apr 23
Yesterday my daughter went for consultation. Wow she's lost of words explaining the Dr's friendliness, warm heart . It was our first visit I'm sold this is going to be our family dentist. Thank you all for your excellent customer service from the receptionist to assistants. Big up !!!!
Damaine JohnsonDamaine Johnson
09:13 20 Sep 22
Dentist knows what she's doing. I personally had my wisdom tooth extracted. Felt no pain at all during the extraction. Clean, professional and affordable. Thanks to the team at Every Smile Dentistry Selborne.
Leverne StrydomLeverne Strydom
17:54 26 Aug 21
I've been with the Dentistry for over two years now and I don't think I'll ever go to another dentist. Very clean and affordable too.I must say their customer service is exceptional!! From the receptionist to the Dr.I would recommend anybody to support Every Smile Dentistry!!
Bonisile NomanyaBonisile Nomanya
09:39 16 Oct 20
The service was exceptional! She explain every procedure throughout. She cleaned me and then removed the damaged one. I recommend Every Smile Dentistry.
Chesznokov ZunguChesznokov Zungu
11:31 20 Mar 20
I really appreciated the level of care and consideration from the staff. I experienced absolutely no pain and was kept comfortable at all times. I will definitely be going back🙂
Ziyanda CisheZiyanda Cishe
09:26 11 Apr 19
Today I had my teeth cleaned at Every Smile Dentistry. I just moved to East London so I was nervous about starting over with a new dentist. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and the dentist was very gentle and attentive. I recommend Every Smile Dentistry to everyone looking for a pleasant experience at the dentist! 🙂
promise sitholepromise sithole
13:49 05 Jul 23
I have to give credit to Musa, the Doctors assistant. He knows how to treat patients. Im not quite sure about the Doctor, she was not friendly at all. No greetings or whatsoever.
tumelo pitsitumelo pitsi
18:34 10 Jun 23
Wonderful place,my son took out about four of his teeth there.
Tshiamo MokoenaTshiamo Mokoena
13:35 05 Jun 23
Experience and treatment was great , Friendly staff, Excellent service.
hildah nhlekohildah nhleko
09:31 01 Jun 23
Did slimming wires and I lost 5kg in 6days...the service was exceptional..the Dr and her assistant were very friendly and explained the process...m very happy with their service...THANX EVERY SMILE DENTISTRY
Mamolefe Bavley MoagiMamolefe Bavley Moagi
08:45 22 May 23
Brought my boy who had a tooth ache got to say they have excellent service and they are very good with kids. Great work
Overall, they offer great service and they take care of their clients. They are all so nice and really kind, they made me feel less anxious and comfortable and would constantly ask whether or not I was ohk and comfortable during the procedure. I 1000% recommend this place!!
Perseverance ChaukePerseverance Chauke
15:25 30 Apr 23
The place is overall beautiful and the reception guys are too friendly. My only issue was the doctor. 1st she didn’t greet or introduce herself I had to ask the assistant what the Doctors name was. Also she was not patient with my son and seemed irritated most of the time. I however have to give thanks to Musa who was the assistant that guy is amazing and super patient he made my son super comfortable and explained every process to me and my son.
Nontsikelelo MpanzaNontsikelelo Mpanza
10:02 27 Mar 23
5 stars is not enough for the service in this place! Truly amazed, my daughter is the happiest girl and would definitely recommend these guys. Warmth welcome from entering till exist.
Tshego MnisiTshego Mnisi
07:43 25 Aug 22
I started my braces journey April 2021 and I must say an exceptional experience it was👌🏾. First and foremost my Orthodontist you really out did yourself Sir thank you. Assistant Doctor and the Receptionist thank you for the kind and warm atmosphere you brought.If you want 100% oral hygiene Every Smile is the place to go🙂
Kagiso NtsokoKagiso Ntsoko
04:23 24 Jun 21
My son and I received an exceptional service, from the lady at the reception, dentist and the assistant. Thank you for your manner of serving and please continue with the excellent service.
Takura MalabaTakura Malaba
01:27 09 Jun 21
Very affordable and professional service. Would definitely recommend.
sbusiso Cindisbusiso Cindi
05:08 15 May 21
The lady at reception is very friendly.. Her and Doctor Mphiwe are stars.. For all your dental needs these guys will sort you out 😊😊
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