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Does invisalign also serve the purpose of a nightguard?

18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stanley Siu
Dentistry - Cosmetic
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

I agree with dr. Niknia.
The purpose of invisalign is to align your teeth. The purpose of a nightguard is to prevent wear from occuring on your teeth if you are clenching or grinding your teeth. Get invisalign if you're a candidate for it to align your teeth. Get a nightguard/bite splint to prevent further damage from occuring on the biting surfaces of your teeth. Plastic is more easy to replace.

In brief: No

I agree with dr. Niknia.
The purpose of invisalign is to align your teeth. The purpose of a nightguard is to prevent wear from occuring on your teeth if you are clenching or grinding your teeth. Get invisalign if you're a candidate for it to align your teeth. Get a nightguard/bite splint to prevent further damage from occuring on the biting surfaces of your teeth. Plastic is more easy to replace.
Dr. Stanley Siu
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3 doctors agree

In brief: NO!

(I've been asked this MANY times) it is too thin, and not designed for effective treatent of teeth-grinding/clenching when sleeping

In brief: NO!

(I've been asked this MANY times) it is too thin, and not designed for effective treatent of teeth-grinding/clenching when sleeping
Dr. Fernando Juliao
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Dr. I. Jay Freedman
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Dr. Kaveh Niknia
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Generally Not

The purpose of a night guard is to stop bruxism (teeth grinding) and prevent abrasion (wearing down ) of enamel/teeth.
Therefore, a night guard is generally 3 to 4 times thicker than an invisalign tray, in order to withstand the forces of teeth grinding. On the other hand, each invisalign tray is meant to last 2-3 weeks while it slightly straightens the teeth, before it's switched to the next.

In brief: Generally Not

The purpose of a night guard is to stop bruxism (teeth grinding) and prevent abrasion (wearing down ) of enamel/teeth.
Therefore, a night guard is generally 3 to 4 times thicker than an invisalign tray, in order to withstand the forces of teeth grinding. On the other hand, each invisalign tray is meant to last 2-3 weeks while it slightly straightens the teeth, before it's switched to the next.
Dr. Kaveh Niknia
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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: It might

Wearing upper and lower aligners may, in fact, serve as a nightguard or bruxism appliance only during the process of orthodontic tooth movement.
However, in the long term, once treatment is complete - a new nightguard will likely need to be fabricated.

In brief: It might

Wearing upper and lower aligners may, in fact, serve as a nightguard or bruxism appliance only during the process of orthodontic tooth movement.
However, in the long term, once treatment is complete - a new nightguard will likely need to be fabricated.
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes/no

Long term the invisalign material is too thin to be effective for the\is purpose.
It will help reduce the impact of grinding while in treatment, but the trays are too thin to hold up over time

In brief: Yes/no

Long term the invisalign material is too thin to be effective for the\is purpose.
It will help reduce the impact of grinding while in treatment, but the trays are too thin to hold up over time
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It can

Since it encases teeth in plastic, if you grind your teeth they will be protected, but your grinding may distort the material prematurely.

In brief: It can

Since it encases teeth in plastic, if you grind your teeth they will be protected, but your grinding may distort the material prematurely.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: No

Occlusal Orthotic or night guard is designed to move teeth apart to prevent traumatic occlusion without realigning teeth.
Clear Aligners designed to move teeth into improved occlusion. Please discuss this with a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist.

In brief: No

Occlusal Orthotic or night guard is designed to move teeth apart to prevent traumatic occlusion without realigning teeth.
Clear Aligners designed to move teeth into improved occlusion. Please discuss this with a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Mark Kurchak
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Yes

Invisalign will protect your teeth at night from tooth grinding problems.

In brief: Yes

Invisalign will protect your teeth at night from tooth grinding problems.
Dr. Mark Kurchak
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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry

In brief: Invisalign

Yes in most cases; however, considerations need to be kept in mind.
For example, if you need a night guard because you grind your teeth then it may be a great choice. If you need a nightguard because of a degenerative disc then discuss with your doctor a little more. It really depends why you need a nightguard and the severity of the issue.

In brief: Invisalign

Yes in most cases; however, considerations need to be kept in mind.
For example, if you need a night guard because you grind your teeth then it may be a great choice. If you need a nightguard because of a degenerative disc then discuss with your doctor a little more. It really depends why you need a nightguard and the severity of the issue.
Dr. Shawn Murray
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