Custom Dental Night Guard

What Does A Night Guard Do?

It is well known that a smile is an important asset in life, yet it is often taken for granted. Whether you flaunt your all-natural teeth when you smile, or have cosmetically enhanced your teeth in one way or the other, a dental night guard may be the solution you need to protect your teeth. A dental night guard is a device that is normally considered to be the first-line treatment for teeth grinding (bruxism). Often known as an occlusal splint, the dental night guard might cover just one row of teeth or both rows, depending on one’s requirements. Generally, a night guard is recommended to be worn on one teeth arch only (not both). The best night guard type is custom fitted to help reduce the clenching and grinding during the night. It is worn at night (and sometimes during the day) to protect your teeth against potential damage by the grinding or clenching. The action of grinding or clenching teeth at night is considered a sleep disorder. The effects of stress, one’s irregular bite, medications, stimulants or other issues may be the cause. Wearing a night guard will significantly reduce the effects of continuous grinding & clenching by creating a barrier between the chewing surfaces of the teeth thus preventing direct tooth on tooth contact.

what does a night guard do Ordering online–
First, decide which night guard type is right for you. One common question we’re asked is which thickness to choose. The 2mm thickness is the most common choice. Just to give you a reference point, 2mm is about the thickness of a nickle coin. If you’re a heavy grinder you may need a more durable 3mm night guard (available in soft only). The 1mm is very thin and typically recommended for daytime use. Remember, any of our guards will serve the function of protecting your teeth from the damages associated with teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

Once your order has been placed, you will receive a do-it-yourself dental impression kit. This kit contains two plastic trays (choose which one fits best), blue and white putty paks, instructions, and a prepaid return mailer. Taking your dental impression is EASY! Check out our “how to” video. Upon receipt of your dental impression, we will make your custom appliance within 8-12 business days.


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So what does a night guard do exactly?

A dental night guard will reduce your teeth grinding problem by:

• Relaxing your jaws, thereby reducing muscles spasms;

• Easing the tension that leads to a constant ache and alleviating constant headaches;

• Allowing your jaw muscles to align properly, thereby preventing your teeth from constantly locking together;

• Providing an alternative to your teeth to help prevent wear

• It also cushions the teeth, thereby preventing your teeth from damage due to the grinding or clenching action.

A dental night guard will not only protect your teeth against surface damage, gum problems (including recession) and loose teeth, it will also help strengthen your teeth.

During daytime, it is important to note that the teeth are supposed to meet when you are chewing or swallowing. At other times, teeth should be apart and lips together. Teeth grinding can overtime wear away the teeth surface, making them susceptible to damage, becoming loose or painful. While upper arch (maxillary) devices are often used to treat the condition, a lower arch device can be recommended to a patient who doesn’t want to have a visible or noticeable device or if there is a serious gag reflex action with the maxillary device. A night guard on either teeth arch will serve the same function. That is, to create a barrier so that the teeth do not have direct tooth on tooth contact with one another.

There are a number of materials that can be used to make a dental night guard, including hard and soft plastics or a combination of both. All materials are effective, although the hard night guards are less flexible and therefore, more likely to stay in place longer, preventing direct tooth on tooth grinding for a longer period of time. These types are generally more expensive than soft night guards.

Drufomat ScanA professional dental lab can also tailor a dental night guard for your individual needs. The dimensions and outline of your mouth are recorded and used to make a custom night guard. This is usually the best night guard because it provides the best fit and comfort.

You may have bought a one size fits all dental night guard previously, but what you may not know is that your teeth impression should be used to make the dental night guards for the best results. A professional lab can customize a night guard for you based on your teeth impression.

Quality dental night guards can be quite affordable and you can easily avoid further damage to your teeth surface. They can also help protect your valuable investment in case you have undergone a dental smile makeover. With these devices, some change in the fit can occur over time. For instance, your dental anatomy may shift over the years and cause your dental night guard to not fit like it used to. Night guards should be regularly assessed and adjusted to ensure they are well fitting and serving their purpose well. Poorly devised or badly aligned night guards might not be able to solve the issue. Well-adjusted dental night guards will enable anyone with bruxism to lead a normal lifestyle, without having to worry about tooth wear or any other dental-related does a dental night guard work?

For your dental night guard to properly limit the issue related to teeth grinding, it is highly recommended to wear the device each night. Some patients will ultimately be able to stop teeth grinding over time and the night guard won’t be required. In order to maintain the night guard, it must be properly cleaned after use by brushing it and rinsing thoroughly.

How Are Dental Night Guards Made?

Here is the process to make a night dental guard:

Step 1: Impression Taking
This is a critical step to guarantee an excellent end result. A negative copy of the lower and/or upper teeth is taken in order to create a stone cast from it. The impression gels have viscosities that capture the softness and hardness of the tissues. This cast or mold is used in a dental laboratory to create the custom dental night guard. In a dental office, most often a type of alginate is used to take your dental impression. The powdery alginate is mixed with water. You may remember seeing this goopy mixture if you have ever had your dental impression taken in a dental office setting.

The impression material you receive when you order online is not messy like the alginate yet gives the same clear results.  It is similar to play-doh in texture and mixes together easily with no residue. Taking your own dental impression is easy. Mix the two putties together and roll into a hotdog like shape. Place the putty in the tray and submerge all the whites of your teeth. Hold very still and the putty will begin to harden. Remove when putty has completely hardened.

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Mixing putty (base & catalyst) | Different sized dental impression trays |

Step 2: Making of the Mold

Once the impression has been taken, it is time to pour up the stone cast of the teeth. Here you may begin to understand why the impression taking process is so important. A stone replica of the teeth should capture all of your unique dental anatomy. It should be a perfect cast of your exact teeth. The gum margin should be visible too. The lab will mix a powdery dental stone and water together to create a thick, soupy mixture. A dental vibrator is used for thorough mixing. The stone is then laid carefully into the teeth impression. It is stacked high to create a nice base and the weight of the stone disrupts any bubbles that may have formed in the teeth area. Now we wait for the stone to harden. Hardening times differ (on average it’s about a 20 minute wait time). The stone will become hot before it cools. After the model is dry and hard, we carefully remove the stone from the dental impression. It is always necessary to trim the excess stone material. All of this prep work is to ensure that the night guard will fit as perfectly as possible. It is imperative not to skip steps. Make sure that the back of the stone cast lays completely flat so that the night guard material can distribute evenly across the surfaces of the teeth. When the model is trimmed and dried it is then sprayed with a lubricant so that the night guard material separates easily from the stone mold during fabrication.

how is a dental night guard madetrimming the excess stone on a stone cast of teeth

Step 3: Fabrication
Now that the model is ready for fabrication, the process to follow is a method of bilamination by thermopressure. In this process, the trimmed model and night guard sheet is placed under a heater to soften the materials. A timer is set and the mold is ready to be thermoformed and pressurized. After this process, the mold is left to cool down before a second trimming takes place. A skilled technician uses multiple burs, cutting wheels and a bit of artistry to create a well-fitted custom appliance.

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black athletic mouthguard is getting its second layer of mouthguard material. The Drufomat Scan (machine) has the capability to fuse several layers of material together for a thicker appliance to be made (if necessary).

Step 4: Delivery
When the dental guard is finished, it is delivered to the customer to try it in and check for fit and comfort. The guard should be stable and not cause any kind of pain or discomfort. Some tightness may be felt initially but should ease after a few days of consistent use. Sometimes it is necessary to do minor adjustments, but this occurs in rare occasions. If everything fits perfectly, the customer also receives instructions for proper wear and care of the guard. A case is also provided to keep it in when not in use.
Teeth grinding or bruxism can greatly weaken the teeth, cause chipping and high sensitivity. If it is left untreated not only the health of the teeth and jaw can be compromised, but your overall health and lifestyle can change.

A professionally made dental night guard can relieve the pain and discomfort caused by teeth grinding and jaw clenching and also protect the teeth from further damage (weakening, breakage, flattening).

The night guard keeps the teeth from making direct contact with one another which helps to avoid the effects of grinding of the teeth and the clenching of the jaw.
Every case is different. It is important to speak to a certified dental professional to see if the use of a dental night guard is needed and what type of night guard is more appropriate for a specific situation.

Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is a serious condition that can lead to a number of problems like jaw disorders, jaw pain, earaches, and persistent headaches, to name a few. This condition affects people from all ages and the generally identified causes can be physical, psychological, or both, including:

-Emotions, like stress, frustration, anger, or anxiety

– Personality, either hyperactive, competitive or aggressive

– Malocclusion which is the abnormal alignment of the teeth

– Sleep problems

– Acid reflux

– Response to pain

– Complications from certain disorders

– Genetics

A person with bruxism requires treatment.

An immediate solution to stopping all the dental damage and health problems this condition causes is the use of a professionally made dental night guard. As opposed to the over-the-counter mouth guards, a professionally made dental guard will fit the patient’s mouth to the slightest detail, protecting the teeth and the jaw from additional pain and damage during sleep.
The way the dental night guards are fabricated guarantees their effectiveness due to the preciseness of the process the dental lab goes through, which also gives the patient not only the piece of mind of wearing a guard professionally made just for them, but also the comfort to have a good sleep without having to worry about the guard in their mouth.

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“Why Do Dental Night Guards Cost So Much?” | Sentinel Mouthguard Team

Why Do Dental Night Guards Cost So Much?

What do dental night guards cost?Short answer: Dental night guards cost as little as $20 and as much as $1500. They vary greatly in price.

Store bought “ready to wear” dental night guards cost as little as $20.00. Some dentists are charging upwards of $800. Online you can purchase a custom made night guard by taking your own dental impression for as little as $99.00. What gives? Sometimes your dentist can justify the price of what dental night guards cost. If they are making you a complex guard to treat misalignment of the jaw or sleep apnea, for example, you will just have to suck it up and pay the price. If your dentist is making you a traditional custom night guard with no bells and whistles, it might be wise to explore your options (hint: keep reading)..

Teeth grinding or bruxism is not only painful but can also be harmful to ones’ dental health. It can result in the fracturing of teeth and eventually teeth loss. In some chronic cases, it could even lead to jaw disorders such as temporomandibular joint disorder and change the appearance of the face. The worst part is that it usually happens when the person is asleep ,and thus, unaware of any knowledge of performing the act.

So why DO night guards cost so much?

If you find yourself in the market for a night dental guard and you’re unsure of which route to take, there is comfort (not to mention savings) in knowing your options.

The good news is, night dental guards were created to counter the effects of bruxism. This is a removable appliance worn by patients during sleep to protect his teeth and jaw from the damage caused by the habit. It reduces the hazardous effects triggered by teeth grinding. The question is- why the hefty cost? and which one is better — the ones made by dentists or the direct night guard labs online ? To help individuals in their decision making, let’s have a closer look at the pros and cons of each one.

Dentist Made Night Dental Guards

Pros of going through your dentist:

1. The primary advantage of choosing to go to your local dentist for your night guard is convenience.

He or she will do all the work for you. During the initial visit, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth and fill out the necessary paper work as your teeth impression is sent to a professional dental laboratory for fabrication. A return visit is done to fit the fabricated night guard once it has been shipped to your dentist.

2. Fitting adjustments.

If your night guard needs some minor adjustments it’s more convenient to visit your dentist and have him make adjustments to any areas of concern.

3. Ability to make a more customized type.

Custom dental night guards can become more involved if a person is being treated for TMJ or alignment issues. If a dentist recommends you wear a night guard with special metal clasps, or ramps etc because of TMJ, alignment or other issues, you will not want to go through an online night guard lab. You will need to rely on and trust the expertise of your dentist.


And the not-so-good side of going through a dentist…

1. Price.

The downside is that it could cost you anywhere from $300 up to $1200+. Also, often times, the dental night guard cost is not covered by your insurance. On the brighter side of things, given that the night guard you purchase from your dentist are made from the molds from your teeth impression, it usually has a snug and comfortable fit. It has a slim design making it closely fitted, plus it is stable when worn.

2. No guarantee.

Many dentists (not all- there are some great ones out there) do not offer any sort of money back guarantee. Check with your dentist to see if he/she will refund you if you’re not satisfied. Most online night guard labs offer full refunds if you’re dissatisfied for any reason.


Online Night Dental Night Guards

Upsides baby!

1. Same. Exact. Nightguard. (unless your dentist is fashioning a more complicated type to treat sleep apnea, TMJ, misalignment, etc).

Today, consumers have an option of buying custom made night guards online. Dental guards purchased online have the same quality as the ones you get from a dentist, not only because it is custom made but because the same dental labs where your dentist gets your night guards are the same guys who fabricate the night guards you get directly online. That was wordy. What we meant to say is: It’s the exact same thing!

2. Price.

The best part is that you could save around $300 to $800 by skipping your dentist’s high fees. Dental night guards online will only cost you from $100-200. Getting the same quality for a lower price is indeed a great benefit. Plus, Sentinel Mouthguards offers free all inclusive shipping on any product.

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Sentinel Mouthguard Co. offers 3 different types of custom night guards to choose from + you pick your desired thickness. All inclusive free shipping in the USA!

3. Money back guarantee and/or satisfaction guarantee.

Finding the right night guard can sometimes feel a lot like the Goldilocks’ dilemma. Too thick. Too thin. Too soft. Too hard. Personal preference varies and what works great for one may not work for another. Again, a reputable night guard lab will work with you to find your perfect night guard match even after you’ve received your product. This is what 100% satisfaction means!

A few “cons” of going the online route:

1. You are responsible for the outcome of your own dental impression. Making your own teeth impression from the home kit provided is easy but requires your focus. You must read the instructions and watch the tutorial video before attempting your dental impression. Note* reputable dental night guard labs should have no problem sending you a new dental impression kit for free if you don’t get your impression right at first.

2. Any adjustments to your night guard device that may be needed are easier to perform in a dental office when the patient is present and can work with the dentist to reach satisfaction of fit. However, you can still get adjustments made through an online night guard lab. You should be aware the this will take more time because of the mailing correspondence involved. Also, most reputable online dental night guard sellers will offer money back guarantee to ensure customer satisfaction.

So how much does an night guard cost from the dentist?

Dental office night guard cost

Our tecustom mouth guardeth tend to be resilient considering the constant biting, chewing and grinding they are prone to. With time, however, changes keep occurring to our teeth. For instance, they continually wear and tear as one ages, and you may experience problems such as grinding your teeth at night or even clenching your jaw. Such problems can lead to a dental condition known as bruxism, which may put your teeth at the risk of erosion and pain if not treated. In such a case, dentists recommend using custom mouth guards.

Mouth guards are important in protecting your teeth, this is because frequent teeth grinding and clenching can severely damage your dental health resulting in cracks and fractures on your teeth. Instead of going for costly and painful procedures such as getting root canals, crowns, or bridges why not use preventive measures such as dental night guards.

How much is a mouth guard from the dentist?
There are a number of night guard options out there ranging from cheap options to very expensive ones. It is important to carefully evaluate all the available choices before purchasing your dental night guards. It is important is to find the dental night guard that best protect your teeth, while giving you service for a long time.

What kind of dental night guards should I go for?

First, what to avoid:
The Sports Mouth Guard
blue sentinel athletic mouthguardSports mouth guards are very common; this is because it is mandatory for young children to have them on while playing most sports. They are made of stiff plastic, making them uncomfortable to wear for long hours because of their hard material. Some can be boiled then molded to your teeth, but they tend to be bulky. They are a great option for protecting teeth from impact during sport activities.



They are not effective as dental night guards as their structure and material causes sleeping and breathing difficulties. In fact, they can worsen the condition and may cause jaw problems because of their bulky nature and bad fit.



Acceptable Night Guard Choices


Over the Counter Dental Night Guard
You can actually purchase night mouth guards over the counter from some convenience stores. They are made of plastic and can be boiled then fitted to your teeth. They are similar to sports mouth guards, only that their material is softer and more comfortable for night use.
They are relatively affordable as their price falls in the range of $15 -$30 and can be used as dental night guards. However, they are fairly thick and one may find them rather uncomfortable to wear. Many people complain that the excess material towards the back and up the sides makes it difficult to wear.


Professional Night Guard from Dentists
These are custom dental night guards ordered directly from your dentist. Usually, the dentist takes a mold of your teeth then takes it to the lab, where your own customized dental night guard for your teeth is created.
These night guards are very effective at preventing teeth grinding at night as they are custom fitted for your teeth specifically. They vary in thickness depending on the severity of teeth grinding. In addition to preventing teeth grinding, they curb jaw strain and enhance better jaw muscle positioning preventing long term teeth grinding and clenching. They are comfortable to wear and can give you service for a very long time if well take care of.
However, this is the most expensive option out there, with their price falling in the range of $300 to $1200+ depending on the dentist. The dental office price can vary greatly depending on which state you live in and particular area within that state (ex: in NYC the price for a night guard averages over $1000)

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These are custom dental night guards ordered from online stores. Sentinel Mouthguard Company will send you supplies and instructions to help you take a mold of your teeth from which you take it to them.


Then we use your mold to create a customized dental night guard. These appliances produced are the same high quality dental night guard as you would get from your own dentist, serving the same purpose of comfort and protection.


This is a less expensive yet very reliable alternative to purchasing from your dentist, as the level of quality is the same. Price falls in the range of $90 to $140, making this a very effective yet cheap option to go for. Basically, dentists are more expensive as you pay them for taking the mold of your teeth; this is the only difference between the two unless your dentist is making a more complex appliance (such as one for TMJ that sets the jaw into desired position). Check out our frequently asked questions page for more information on how it works, the Sentinel guarantee (something a dentist very rarely offers) and more!

How much do professional night guards cost from online stores?

With the many options out there, you may be split for choice. The option of buying “one size fits all” type of mouth guards, may seem as a convenient temporary fix to prevent teeth grinding, however this may not give you service for a long time. You can comfortably enjoy the services of a professional dental lab at half the price from buying from an online store. This is a convenient option because the mouth guard is custom made to suit your mouth and it saves you loads of money and it is hassle free. There are many online stores out there dealing with selling of mouth guards, ensure you go to a credited source to avoid the risks associated with fraudsters.


In today’s world, most people underestimate the importance of dental care. They fail to understand that oral issues can lead to wide range of disorders affecting different regions of the body. As a result, it is quite essential that you understand what your oral health requirements are. The cost of dental night guards might seem too much for some, but in reality it is a worthy investment. These are items that will help you not only today, but in future also.

In conclusion

Healthy strong teeth are vital for not only proper dental health but also for comfort and well-being. If diagnosed with bruxism, worry less; however take preventive measures to ensure the problem does not go further. Most dentists often suggest expensive custom mouth guards but by going to an online store you can save tremendous amounts of money while enjoying the same comfort and protection. Why spend $ 500+? You can save more than half the price by going for online options and have your mouth guards made at the same quality. Well there you have it. Thank you for taking the time to read!


Whether you choose night guards made by your dentists or purchase custom made online night guards, we hope that you would finally sleep better knowing that your teeth grinding won’t cause damage to your dental health and that you purchased the best night guard available today (custom made) to suit your needs.