Since we’re a professional dental lab servicing dentists, we use the exact same materials as the night guards we craft for dentists.
The hard night guard is made from a firm plastic material called acrylic. The hybrid night guard is made from two layers of different materials: a hard acrylic outer layer and a vinyl soft inner layer. The soft night guard is made from a soft vinyl material. All materials are safety-approved and come from professional dental industry suppliers.
How long a night guard lasts depends a lot on the severity of your grinding. Night guards can last anywhere between 6 months to a few years. Our hard, hybrid and soft night guards come with a 1 year warranty. The ultra-thin guard for day time grinding has a 6 months warranty.
If the night guard cracks or breaks due to wear and tear during use and within the warranty period, please contact us and we’ll replace it free of charge. The cracked and or damaged night guard must be returned to qualify for a replacement under the warranty.
The upper guard is the default choice. We offer a choice of upper OR lower guard because some customers find it more comfortable to wear one vs. the other.
Most customers (over 90%) choose the upper guard. Most customers find the upper guard more comfortable since it doesn’t get in the way of their tongue as much as the lower guard. You may opt for a lower guard if you prefer the fit or if you’ve had some dental work done (e.g. crowns, implants) and your dentist recommends a lower guard instead.
Usually, you only need either an upper OR a lower guard in order to protect against teeth grinding. Since the night guard sits between your upper & lower teeth, it functions as an effective protective barrier. Only one guard is needed, unless your dentist recommends otherwise.
Usually your dentist can give you a recommendation on the type of night guard you need. The type of guard you should purchase depends on your level of grinding.
The soft night guard is made for light grinders or those who clench their teeth at night. It’s made from a 2 mm layer of soft, flexible, rubbery material and provides a cushiony barrier between the teeth.
The hybrid night guard is our most popular product and it’s made for moderate grinding . It is approximately 3mm thick and has a hard outer layer for durability and a soft inner layer for a comfortable fit. Many customers have found that this guard is the best combination of comfort and durability.
The hard night guard is the best option for heavy grinders with the most severe symptoms since it’s the most durable. It is made from a 3mm layer of durable elasticized acrylic material. This special thermo-plastic material softens in warm water to allow for a comfortable fit.
The ultra-thin daytime guard is best for people who grind or clench their teeth during the day. It’s made from a 1mm layer of acrylic and it’s thin and less noticeable. However, it’s generally not durable enough to hold up against night time grinding.
Not sure about how heavy of a grinder you are? The best way to find out is to consult your dentist directly. In most cases, heavy grinders experience severe symptoms and are aware that they grind heavily. If your dentist told you that you grind your teeth, but you weren’t aware of it before, you are most likely a moderate grinder and the hybrid night guard would be the best choice. All our night guards are covered by a 1 year warranty. If you order a hybrid guard and it turns out you’re a heavy grinder and you grind through the guard in less than a year, contact us and you can return the hybrid guard and change to the hard guard (you only need to pay for the price difference).