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NTI Bite Guards

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NTI Occlusal splints, or bite guards, are a small, minimally invasive option for traditional bite guard users who suffer from grinding, clenching or bruxism. The splint is very small, covering only the top two front teeth and is made of a clear and white resin material.

The NTI guard is made during your dental visit. It takes approximately 10 minutes to make, allowing dental patients to immediately benefit from the relief of tooth grinding as soon as they leave the office. Termed a “chairside splint”, your dentist can typically work this service into nearly any dental appointment that you may have because it is one of the simplest forms of bite splints to make for dental patients.

To make the device, a device shell is filled with an acrylic material. The NTI is then placed over the top two front teeth in order to impress a custom fit within the device. This resin material begins to harden within the splint, and is then removed and smoothed by your dentist for a comfortable fit.

Dental patients can wear NTI splints when they sleep, but they are so small and non invasive that they can also be worn during the daytime as well. Patients find that they become accustomed to talking with the NTI very early on, and some people even wear them throughout the day, which is a common time to clench or grind the teeth. This helps prevent TMJ pain as well as headaches, neck, back and shoulder pain due to clenching the teeth together tightly. NTI devices work by keeping your TMJ in a natural resting position, preventing clenching or grinding from occurring.

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