Pros and Cons of the NTI Night Guard

An NTI-tss night guard is another option for people suffering from teeth grinding. Unlike an occlusal (night) guard, an NTI night guard covers only part of your mouth, clipping over either the top or bottom front teeth. The small plastic device forms a barrier between your top and bottom teeth, preventing you from biting down completely.

NTI night guards are not available over the counter, and have to be custom fitted by your dentist. They’re typically quite expensive, costing hundreds of dollars initially with the possibility of additional repair expenses down the line. As with occlusal guards, dental insurance plans may not cover these costs.

Who Might Benefit From an NTI-tss Device?

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NTI night guards were approved by the FDA in the 1990s and have gained in popularity in recent years. You might consider an NTI night guard if one or more of the following applies to you:

  • conventional occlusal guards have not worked for you
  • you suffer from migraine headaches due to bruxism
  • you clench during the day (you can get a daytime version of the NTI-tss that is much less intrusive and noticeable than an occlusal guard)

As with most products, NTI night guards have their adherents. They also have their critics…

Criticisms of NTI Night Guards

NTI-tss devices don’t work equally well for everyone. Some people report additional pain or jaw misalignment after using an NTI night guard. In many cases, another trip to the dentist for additional adjustments can correct these problems. However, for some people, the devices never become comfortable and have to be abandoned.

A less serious complaint is that the devices, being small and clear, are easy to misplace. It goes without saying that if you spend the money to purchase an NTI night guard, you should be extra mindful of where you keep it.

Finally, because of the device’s size, some people may worry about swallowing it in their sleep. This shouldn’t happen if the night guard is fitted properly to the teeth. However, the possibility is enough to scare some people away from using the device.

Talk to Your Dentist

Since an NTI-tss has to be fitted at the dentist’s office anyway, there’s no reason not to talk over the pros and cons with your dentist. However, keep in mind that even among dentists there are differing opinions about the effectiveness of NTI night guards. If you are considering one of these devices, be sure to do your homework so you can ask your dentist pointed questions about them, and whether or not they’re right for your situation.