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Which night guard is better?

Which night guard is better? Which one will last longer, the soft or hard night guard (retainer)?



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In my opinion if a patient requires a NG they should be getting a full hard NG. I am a patient myself that suffers from bruxism, I have used a soft NG (which I feel increased my grinding), a hard shell with a soft liner NG(in 6mo I ground two holes through it and cracked it in half), and the hard thin invisible retainers (I wear one on my Mandible only and in about 1 year I’ve also ground through it and cracked it in half along the occlusal plane while still wearing a full thick upper hard NG in conjunction.) The only guard that I feel is best for bruxism is the full thick hard NG, the others just don’t hold up or last as long, and considering the cost a NG should last a few years. I know they’re the least comfortable and take the most determination to get used to, but I think the overall quality and lifetime of the appliance is far superior. This is all just based on my personal experience as well as clinical patient observations.

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Thank you so much for your answer! That’s what I thought as well. Thank you!

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