What Kind of Night Guard Should You Buy?

If you have a problem with grinding your teeth at night you may also be aware of the discomfort it can cause. Many people who suffer from Bruxism, the term for grinding and clenching your teeth, often experience severe headaches, jaw and ear pain. It is also very damaging to the teeth as it tends to wear down the enamel and grind down the teeth.

Fortunately there is a solution to this problem. Night guards are specifically made to help protect teeth. Night mouth guards, worn while you sleep, help protect teeth from grinding together. Most are made from strong plastic that is malleable enough to adapt to the contours of your mouth. There are two alternatives available to you when it comes to buying mouth guards. Some can be bought over-the-counter, while others are made specifically for you by a dentist.

Naturally, the best type is those that are custom made for you by your dentist. A dentist will first make a mold of the inside of your mouth, by having you bite down on a substance that is inserted into the mouth. From this mold he is able to make an exactly fitting mouth guard, which can be further adapted on a second visit so that it fits your teeth structure exactly. With this type of guard you will not need to worry about whether it will fit or not. You can have total assurance that it will be perfect for you. While it may be expensive to have it fitted this way, it should last you for at least ten years thus making it a worthwhile investment.

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Over-the-counter night guards for teeth grinding can also work well, providing you buy the right kind. You should look for one that is made from soft plastic, not rubber. Sporting and drug stores sell the ‘boil and bite’ night guard. These types of guards are immersed in hot water and then inserted into the mouth. As you press down on the guard it will conform to the contours of your mouth exactly.

It is well worth investing in a night guard as it will not only help eliminate the problem with grinding teeth, but it will also help prevent further problems resulting from this. If possible, have one fitted by a dentist. Otherwise look for the ‘boil and bite’ kind.

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