Last updated on November 26th, 2019
Top 5 Best Mouth Guards For Grinding Teeth | Prevent Tooth Damage!
If you have an issue with grinding your teeth while you sleep, you’re going to want a mouth guard for grinding teeth. I have this issue myself and have had to get a ton of dental work done because I never used to wear a mouthguard. Now I realize how important it is to have one if you want to keep your teeth healthy! We tested 10 different brands of dental guards and listed our top 5 best picks!
Keeping your teeth healthy is extremely important no matter what stage of bruxism (teeth grinding) you have. With a good quality dental night guard, you’ll be able to prevent cracks, chips, and fractures in your teeth for the long-term. I know it sounds scary but it can and does happen.
1. What Is A Mouth Guard For Grinding Teeth?
In simple terms, dental guards are protection pieces that go into your mouth to prevent teeth grinding. Everyone from sports players to regular people like you and I use them. Most people use dental guards to prevent grinding their teeth while they sleep.
Grinding your teeth when you sleep or (Bruxism) can cause all kinds of issues that can lead to chipped teeth, tooth loss, and prevent your teeth from becoming “flat” from grinding them on a regular basis.
Dental guards come in many shapes, sizes, and made from different kinds of materials as well. Some are softer than others and some are harder than others. The way to choose a mouthguard is t take notice of how often or how badly you grind your teeth.
For people who grind their teeth badly, you’d want a hard mouthguard so that you don’t end up biting through the mouth guard plate. For people who wear their mouthguard casually as a precaution and don’t grind very often, they can get away with a softer mouth guard.
As far as types of mouth guards, there are quite a few different types and I’ll list them below.
Stock Mouth Guard Protectors
These types of mouthguards are typically what you would see in the sporting goods aisle at your local department store. Most athletes will wear these and they are extremely uncomfortable and are not recommended by dentists whatsoever. They’re inexpensive, but they are horrible when it comes to fitting your teeth or adjusting to get a comfortable fit.
Boil & Bite Mouth Guards
Boil & Bite mouthguards also can be bought at many sporting goods stores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. The “boil and bite” mouthguard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure.
Custom Fitted Mouth Guards (from the dentist)
These types of mouthguards are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist’s instructions. First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material.
Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouthguard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and protection.
2. How Long Does A Mouth Guard Last?
This question is difficult but I’ll try my best at answering this. Everyone is different considering each person grinds their teeth more frequently than others. Not only that but the material that the mouth guard is made out of matters as well. Some brands last longer than others. In addition, some brands “say” that their mouth guards only last a certain amount of time but in reality, they last much longer.
Note: The mouth guards that we picked for our top 5 list all last for up to 30 days. Keep in mind though, these mouth guards can last much longer than what they say on the box.
For example, the Plackers mouth guards (#2 on our list) it says right on the box that there are 10 mouth guards that last up to 30 days. Meaning each mouth guard can last up to 3 days each. During our testing, we found that number to be much too low. Those specific mouth guards actually lasted 5-7 days each. In reality, you can really get up to 50-70 days out of those mouth guards instead of just 30.
A good rule of thumb would be to look on the box and multiply the number they have by 1.5 and that’s how long you should be able to comfortably use that mouth guard before having to get a new one.
3. Can’t I Just Get A Mouth Guard At My Dentist?
In simple terms, yes you can go to the dentist and get fitted for a custom mouthguard. The problem with the ones at the dentist is that they are way too expensive for what they are. In addition, you have to take time out of your schedule just to make an appointment to go get one fitted for your mouth. It’s best just to buy one and do it in your own spare time.
4. Top 5 Best Mouth Guards For Grinding Teeth
If you’re just looking for a decent mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding while you sleep, these five mouth guards will easily do the job. These mouth guards will fit any sized mouth and they all fit very comfortably as well. In addition, they are all made from durable material so if you grind a lot, you won’t have to worry about biting through it on your first night wearing it.
Plackers Grind No More
DentalCare Labs (MOST POPULAR)
5. Wrap Up
If you have bruxism or you just have a slight tooth grinding problem, you’re going to want to eventually get yourself a mouth guard for grinding teeth. They greatly help to protect your teeth in the long run and remember this: we only have 1 smile and 1 set of real teeth, protect them for as long as you can!
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