What is it?
A biteguard is a plastic shield that covers one arch of the teeth.
There are two main purposes of a biteguard. One is to protect
the teeth from the damaging effects of clenching and grinding.
The other is to relax the jaw muscles.
Whom do they benefit?
Biteguards are beneficial to many people, both preventively, and
therapeutically. Preventively, biteguards protect teeth and restorations
from the damaging effects of clenching and grinding. Also, biteguards
act like retainers, preventing the teeth from shifting. In addition,
biteguards bring temporary stability to patients undergoing comprehensive
restoration of their teeth, allowing this treatment to be well
planned and paced safely over time. Therapeutically, biteguards
relax the jaw muscles. This results in more comfortable jaw muscles
and reduced clenching and grinding stress. Also, biteguards provide
an even bite on the acrylic, allowing us to test the benefits
of bite correction on the biteguard before improvements are made
How are they made?
Biteguards are specially made for each persons individual
mouth by making molds of your teeth. The molds are used to fabricate
plaster models of your teeth. These plaster models are attached
to a machine that very accurately replicates how your jaws work
together. The biteguard is made on this machine so that it fits
your teeth just right and works in harmony with your jaw system.