Occlusal Splints & Retainers

Occlusal guards help protect your teeth from damage due to clenching and grinding. These types of appliances are imperative if you have undergone restorative or cosmetic work. They are a way to protect your investment and prolong the life of your restoration. Retainers are generally intended for patients who have undergone orthodontic treatment. Below are a few examples of the types of splints and retainers we offer. Ask Dr. Davis which appliance is right for you. 

Comfort3D™ Bite Splint

Digitally designed and 3D-printed for a more precise fit and better patient comfort, the Comfort3D™ Bite Splint will help alleviate the damage caused by nighttime teeth grinding or bruxism.

  • Digitally designed for a better fit and retention
  • More tongue space ensures better patient comfort
  • Stain resistant and easy to clean 

The device serves as an occlusal guard that fits over all of the upper or lower teeth. The Comfort3D Bite Splint tray comes in a clear color and consists of a single-layered hard yet flexible material that provides durability and comfort.

Glidewell Comfort3D™ Bite Splint

Comfort H/S™ Bite Splint

The Comfort H/S™ Bite Splint is a splint designed to alleviate the pain and damage caused by severe clenching of the teeth and is the most widely prescribed bite splint due to its comfort and fit.

  • Protect your teeth against the pain and damage of clenching and grinding
  • Custom-made for every bite plane

Two layers make up the Comfort H/S Bite Splint: a 1-mm soft polyurethane inner layer and a 3-mm hard copolyester outer layer. The soft internal surface rests comfortably against the teeth and gums, while the hard occlusal surface provides durability.

Glidewell Comfort H/S™ Bite Splint

CLEARsplint®

The CLEARsplint® is a nightguard fabricated from a composite material and made to Dr. Davis’s prescribed bite plane.

  • Flexible and self-adjusting; superb accuracy offers the closest fit
  • Composite formulation, a mixture of powder and liquid, can be press-packed or poured
  • Ramps and guide planes can be added to reposition the mandible

This optically clear splint is nearly invisible when worn and amine-free to resist yellowing. When placed in warm water before inserting in the mouth, it will self-adjust for the closest fit and increased patient comfort. Because it does not contain the methyl methacrylate found in other acrylic splints, the possibility for allergic reactions is reduced. 

Glidewell CLEARsplint®

Hawley retainers

Hawley retainers are highly durable and easily removable stabilizing devices.

  • Removable molded acrylic and metal device
  • Easily adjustable
  • Long-term solution for retaining alignment in the anterior

Hawley retainers are among the oldest and most common stabilizing devices currently used in dentistry and orthodontia. Highly durable and easily removable for oral care or eating, Hawley retainers are comprised of three distinct parts: the acrylic base, a clasp that connects the labial bow to the acrylic base, and the labial bow itself.

Glidewell Hawley retainers

Clear Ortho Retainers

Clear ortho retainers are an effective solution for retaining aligned anterior teeth. Unlike the Hawley retainer, clear ortho retainers typically cover the entire arch.

  • Removable molded BPA-free copolyester device
  • Easily adjustable
  • Long-term solution for retaining alignment in the anterior

Glidewell Clear Ortho Retainers

Source: Glidewell Laboratories, Newport Beach, Calif. 800-334-1979. https://glidewelldental.com/