3737 Grand Avenue, Suite 8
Billings, MT 59102
(406) 248-2669
8 AM - 5 PM

Night Guards

Embrace Better Sleep and Oral Well-being with Night Guards

In the pursuit of optimal oral health, certain challenges can arise during the night that affect both your teeth and overall well-being. Night guards, a specialized dental solution provided by Legacy Smiles and overseen by Dr. Kolten Astle, offer a protective barrier that can alleviate issues caused by teeth grinding and clenching. This comprehensive article explores the world of night guards, their benefits, and how Legacy Smiles can help you embrace nights of peaceful sleep and healthier smiles.

Understanding Night Guards: Preserving Your Dental Health Overnight

Night guards, also known as occlusal guards or bite splints, are custom-designed appliances that are worn during sleep to protect your teeth from the negative effects of bruxism, a condition characterized by teeth grinding and clenching. These habits, often occurring unconsciously during sleep, can lead to various dental problems and discomfort.

The Role of Night Guards in Dental Health

  1. Prevention of Tooth Wear: Teeth grinding and clenching can cause significant wear on tooth enamel. Night guards act as a cushioning barrier, preventing direct contact between the upper and lower teeth and reducing the risk of enamel erosion.
  2. Alleviation of Jaw Pain and Headaches: Bruxism can lead to jaw pain, headaches, and even temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Night guards help minimize the pressure on your jaw muscles, providing relief from discomfort.
  3. Protection for Dental Work: If you have dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, or veneers, night guards help protect these investments by reducing the impact of grinding forces.
  4. Improved Sleep Quality: By preventing the noise and discomfort associated with teeth grinding, night guards contribute to better sleep quality for both you and your sleep partner.

Obtaining a Night Guard: The Process

  1. Consultation: During a consultation at Legacy Smiles, Dr. Kolten Astle will assess your oral health and discuss your concerns. If bruxism is detected or suspected, a night guard may be recommended.
  2. Customization: A mold of your teeth will be taken to create a custom night guard that fits your mouth perfectly. This ensures maximum comfort and effectiveness.
  3. Fitting: Once your night guard is ready, you’ll return to Legacy Smiles for a fitting. Adjustments can be made to ensure a comfortable fit.
  4. Usage and Care: Dr. Kolten Astle will provide instructions on how to wear and care for your night guard. Regular cleaning and proper storage are essential for its longevity.

Legacy Smiles: Your Partner in Dental Health

Dr. Kolten Astle and the skilled team at Legacy Smiles are committed to enhancing your oral health and overall well-being. By providing custom night guards, they address the unique needs of each patient and ensure a restful night’s sleep and a healthier smile.

Frequently Asked Questions about Night Guards

  1. What is bruxism, and how does it affect my dental health? Bruxism is a condition where you unconsciously grind or clench your teeth, often during sleep. It can lead to tooth wear, jaw pain, headaches, and other dental issues.
  2. How do night guards work? Night guards create a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth, preventing direct contact and reducing the impact of grinding forces. This helps prevent tooth wear and alleviate discomfort.
  3. Are there different types of night guards? Yes, there are different types of night guards. Some are designed to fit over your upper teeth, while others fit over your lower teeth. The type of night guard you need depends on your specific dental needs.
  4. Are night guards comfortable to wear while sleeping? Yes, night guards are designed to be comfortable. They are custom-made to fit your mouth and are made from smooth materials to minimize irritation to your cheeks and gums.
  5. Can I buy a night guard over-the-counter? While over-the-counter night guards are available, they are not custom-fitted to your mouth and may not provide the same level of protection and comfort as a professionally-made night guard from your dentist.

Secure Your Smile with Night Guards

Ready to experience the benefits of night guards for yourself? Contact Legacy Smiles to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kolten Astle. Let us guide you toward improved dental health, peaceful nights, and a brighter smile.

Night guards are your shield against the potential harm of teeth grinding and clenching. Safeguard your dental health and embrace nights of comfort with the personalized care and expertise of Dr. Kolten Astle and Legacy Smiles.


What our Patients are saying

Make your dream smile a reality!

Call us or book your appointment today.

Request Appointment

Fill out the form below, and we will be in touch shortly.

Call Today, We Can See You Today!

Calls after 11 AM may be scheduled for the following day