Night Guards

Rancho Santa Fe Cosmetic and Family Dentistry - Night Guard

A night guard is a clear tray placed over your upper or lower teeth while sleeping to prevent the damaging results of "Bruxism", or grinding / clenching your teeth while you sleep. Most do not even realize this is something they do, but the wear on your teeth becomes obvious very quickly.

How is this different than a mouth guard or one I can buy at the drug store or online? A night guard from a trained dentist is entirely customized to your mouth and won't distort over time with use. We take impressions of your teeth to create a mold. That mold is used to create a tray that will fit the contours of your teeth and gums, however, the real precision is in the follow up. Anyone can do an impression, but meticulously customizing and trimming the fitment of the night guard takes a skilled eye, a steady hand, and significant training. Without this most critical step in the process, you can experience jaw pain, tooth misalignment, and an ineffective product.



So you've already had Invisalign, braces, or you just need a small amount of movement? We've got you covered. We offer both active retainers, an appliance worn when you're not eating to fine tune and perfect your smile, as well as passive retainers that are only worn at night to ensure your teeth stay where they're supposed to. There's two primary types:

Clear Retainers

Clear Retainer

Clear retainers have a similar appearance to clear aligners like Invisalign. These are a newer product and the biggest advantage they hold is that they are not particularly noticeable. As a clear retainer doesn't cover the roof of your mouth, you shouldn't have a hard time speaking, and because a clear retainer is vacuum molded to your teeth, you don't have to worry about them shifting.



Wire Retainers

Traditional Wire Retainer

Wire retainers are an older style retainer made of acrylic and wire, but they offer several advantages. They're extremely easy to clean, highly durable, and can be easily adjusted if needed. However, they are far more noticeable than clear retainers and can cause a lisp until you become more accustomed to the retainer.