The most basic and economical form of nightguard is crafted from plastic or another soft material designed to cover the upper teeth. Available in various sizes, you simply insert it into your mouth at night. However, due to the lack of customization, these nightguards often result in an ill fit, causing discomfort that some patients find challenging to endure during sleep. Additionally, they may impede speech and breathing.
Another readily available option is the boil-and-bite style nightguard. Made from a soft thermoplastic material, it is immersed in hot water and then bitten by the patient. Through this process, the mouthguard molds closely to the teeth and gums. While offering a better fit than a standard nightguard, these can still be bulky and affect speech or breathing.
The third type of nightguard is a custom nightguard, tailored specifically for each patient. A mold of the teeth is taken, and a laboratory manufactures the nightguard accordingly. These custom nightguards are thinner and typically provide the best fit for your mouth, with minimal impact on speech and breathing.
If you believe a custom nightguard is the optimal choice, consider scheduling an appointment with your dentist for further evaluation.