Dental splints are specialized devices with a variety of uses in dentistry. The most common types of splints are orthodontic splints, nightguard/bruxism splints, mouthguards used in sports, splints used in tooth bleaching, and sleep apnea splints.

Bruxism splints (nightguards)

This type of splints is addressed to patients who grind or clench their teeth – usually during the night – due to anxiety. The result of this unconscious habit is tooth decay, headaches and jaw pain (TMJ disorder).

It is made of transparent resin or silicone. The dentist will take an impression that will be sent to the dental technician so that the splint made will fit perfectly into each patient’s mouth.

The use of the splint not only protects the teeth from wear but also helps the patient to reduce this harmful habit.

To be effective, however, the dentist’s instructions must be strictly followed.

Mouthguards used in sports

Pre-fabricated or partially adaptive athletic splints are found in the market but offer little protection and are poorly applied to the athlete’s mouth.

By far the most effective mouthguards/splints are those made by the dentist. Their great advantage is that they are perfectly adapted to every athlete, taking into account his or her general condition (gums, caries teeth, any prosthetic restorations, teeth closure, etc.).

The dentist takes an impression from the athlete and sends it to the dental technician to make the splint in order to ensure a more comfortable fit and better grip. The splint is made of polymer materials for high strength and protection.

Orthodontic splints

They are used to maintain the result after orthodontic treatment-restoration or for small tooth movements without the need for complete orthodontic treatment.

They are made of transparent resin or silicone according to the instructions of the orthodontist.

Sleep apnea splints

They are manufactured in accordance with the directions of the pulmonologist and used in the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring.

Bleaching splints

They are made of transparent resin or silicone and are used in full accordance with the dentist’s instructions, who also provides the related bleaching material, to whiten the teeth at home and to enhance the effect of previous bleaching in the clinic.