What do mouth guards do?
Mouthguards have both athletic and medical purposes. In general, these devices are used to protect your teeth from injuries while you play sports or protect your enamel while you grind at night.
How does a mouthguard for teeth grinding work?
Teeth grinding guards, also known as night guards, dental guards, bite splints or nocturnal bite splints, are designed to reduce the symptoms related to bruxism/clenching while you sleep. When you clench your jaw at night, these guards work by separating your teeth and reducing the tension build up in your jaw muscles. By doing so, the guards acts as a cushion barrier between the upper and lower teeth which prevents jaw pain and protects your teeth enamel.
According to the American Dental Association, teeth grinding affects approximately 15% of adults. If you suffer from symptoms related to bruxism, night guards can be purchased from a dentist’s office or more cost effectively, from a specialized online retailer like Nxtrnd Mouthguards.
We recommend a mouthguard like the Nxtrnd RISE Bruxism Night Guard.
How does a Sports mouthguard Work?
On the other hand, an athletic mouthguard is designed to protect the teeth, gums, soft tissue and mouth from trauma. Typically made of a soft and flexible plastic material called "EVA", mouthguards feature a U-shaped design that fits between the upper and lower teeth separating them by approximately 3-4mm.
In the United States alone, sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. Producing well above $300 million dollars’ worth of dental fees, more than 10 million teeth are knocked out or broken every year.
What are the different types of mouth guards
Depending on your needs, there are 3 main types of mouthguards you can wear. To find the guard best for you and to learn of the different types of mouthguards available, keep reading below.
THE 3 TYPES OF MOUTHGUARDS FOR TEETH GRINDIND
There are three types of mouth guards for bruxism:
- Over The Counter Mouthguards (OTC Mouthguards).
- Boil & Bite Mouthguards
- Custom Fitted Dentist Guards
1. Over The Counter (OTC) Mouthguards.
Ready to wear out of the box without adjustments, over the counter mouthguards are usually the cheapest mouth guards available. Because they are usually non-moldable, these mouthguards tend to not fit well and can be bulky, uncomfortable and create difficulties breathing. In addition, because of the poor fit, OTC mouthguards offer limited protection against night time teeth grinding. At Nxtrnd Mouthguards, we do not recommend such models for our customers.
2. Boil & Bite Mouthguards For Teeth Grinding.
Found in almost every pharmacy, these mouthguards allow a better and more comfortable fit than OTC mouth guards. The customization process is obtained by placing the guard in hot water and then molding it around your teeth using your fingers and tongue. While boil & bite mouthguards are preferred over non-moldable night guards, they sometimes can be bulky and uncomfortable to wear while sleeping.
For this reason, it is important you purchase a model properly designed and made from the right materials such as the Nxtrnd Rise Night Guard. Made of unique thin materials than remain comfortable and protective in the mouth, the Nxtrnd Rise has be named one of the best mouth guards for teeth grinding by critics on Amazon and across multiple bruxism forums.
3. Custom-fitted Dental Night Guards.
Dentist made mouth guards for teeth grinding are usually the best available. Being individually made-to-fit at a professional dental laboratory using an impression of your teeth, they offer the most comfort and best protection. However, they usually cost approximately $300 or more and are not usually covered by insurance and don't come with warranties.
Since dental surgery for tooth restoration and repair requires thousands of dollars, $60 is a worthwhile investment for many people. Untreated night time teeth grinding can lead to severe symptoms and serious tooth damage. Now, with Nxtrnd Mouth guards, you can order a high quality mouthguard and obtain the same custom fit from the comfort of your home.
THE 3 TYPES OF SPORT MOUTH GUARDS
The level of protection a mouth guard provides is entirely dependent on the type of guard worn. When participating in sporting activities, there are three main types of mouth guards available. Before making your final purchasing decision, it's important you understand how each of the following mouth guard types benefit your current sporting needs.
1. Stock Sports Mouthguards
Available in most sporting goods stores, this type of mouth guard is typically the least expensive. Being non moldable, meaning it cannot be individually fit to the wearers teeth, stock mouth guards are usually uncomfortable and are likely to slip off the teeth if too big, or pinch the gums if too small.
In both situations, the discomfort and poor fit reduces is ability to protect the teeth from impact. Furthermore, ill-fitting guards often distract players because of discomfort which increase the chance they will remove it from their mouths all together putting an end to the potential protection offered.
2. Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards for Sports
Also available at most sporting goods stores, boil-and-bite mouth guards differentiate themselves from stock mouth guards by the custom fit they provide. In fact, the difference between the two models is substantial. After inserting the guard in hot water, a boil-and-bite guard can be comfortably formed to your teeth allowing the perfect fit.
It's important to keep in mind that forming a mouth guard correctly can sometimes be more difficult than it may seem. At Nxtrnd, we know the fitting process is crucial for optimal mouth guard protection and have developed an easy 10 step fitting process to make sure all our guards are correctly fitted.
3. Custom-Fit Sports Mouthguards
Obtained through your dentist's office, custom-fit mouthguards tend to be the most expensive. The fitting process involves multiple appointments where the dental specialist will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a laboratory for the guards’ fabrication. If you have the extra money and time, this option will be the best for you.
However, if you're a young athlete, we do not recommend custom-fit mouth guards. In fact, because custom-fit mouthguards allow little room for adjustments, we do not recommend them to athletes that are still growing. If the athlete’s teeth are still shifting and moving in the mouth, we recommend a mouth guard such as the Nxtrnd Rush which offers a customized fit that is similar to the dentist fabricated models, but at a far lower price and that can be remolded when needed.
What type of mouthguard should I use?
A mouthguards design and fabrication methods are extremely important when determining what mouthguard is best for you.
What mouth guard is best for teeth grinding?
Professional teeth grinding mouthguards act as a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. When you clench your jaw, these night guard help reduce the tension and give relief to your jaw muscles. By doing so, the mouthguard not only helps prevent face and jaw pain but also protects against:
- Loss of tooth enamel
- Waking up with headaches
- Lack of sleep and fatigue
- Limited ability to open the mouth
Like all mouthguards, it's important to choose a model that best suits your needs. Night guards comes in a multitude of material harnesses, each made according to the users’ severity of grinding.
Whether you're a heavy, mild or moderate teeth grinder/clencher, we've found the best teeth grinding mouth guards for you. Discover our top 3 picks below.
- Best Overall Teeth Grinding Mouthguard: Nxtrnd Rise Guard
- Best for Heavy Teeth Grinding: JS Dental Lab Hard Guard
- Best for Light/Moderate Teeth Grinding: Nxtrnd Rise Guard
What mouth guard is best for sports?
One of the most important factors all athletes must consider before heading out to their sport is that their teeth are well protected. Training and game related injuries have long been the cause of serious dental problems.
The challenge most athletes face when having to protect their teeth is choosing the right mouthguard. This article will break down the top 5 qualities you should consider when looking into a mouthguard.
- Sport Specific
- Ease of Speech
Currently, over 90% of mouth guards worn are either poorly fitted or not well designed. This may be why so many athletes refuse to wear their mouth guards during practice and competition — improper fit and poor design.
Only 10% are properly designed by trusted manufacturers such as Nxtrnd Mouthguards.
At Nxtrnd, we design our guards to be the most satisfactory of all mouth protectors. We make sure they fulfill all criteria for retention, comfort and material impact absorption. They interfere the least with speaking and have virtually no effect on breathing.
Discover our top 3 picks below.
- Best Overall Athletic Mouthguard: NXTRND Zero Mouthguard
- Best for Heavy Contact Sports: NXTRND Rush Mouthguard
- Best for Training/Sparring Activities: NXTRND Classic Mouthguard
Which mouthguard is best for braces
Braces mouth guards protect the braces as well as your teeth, jaw and mouth from hard impacts. A well designed braces mouthguard will provide a channel in the front part of the guard to accomodate the braces brackets and offer extra width to cover the braces, teeth and gums. The braces guard should offer the same level of protection as a regular mouth guard and should fit comfortably without reducing your ability to breath.
Since braces alter the position of teeth, getting a custom molded mouthguard from your dentist or a OTC boil-and-bite mouthguard may become ineffective, uncomfortable and provide less protection after a few weeks. For the best protection and comfort, we recommend a no-boiling required mouth guard designed to conform to brace brackets for instant comfort and lip laceration prevention. These kind of mouthguards are made of medicale grade silicone which enable them to adapt to changes in mouth structure as teeth adjust.
To learn how to choose what braces mouth guard is best for you, please click here.
How to fit a mouthguard
When your mouthguard fits correctly, you’ll wreap all the benefits of wearing a mouthguard, which includes; protecting your teeth from chips and cracks and eliminating side effects like jaw pain, facial pain, and headaches.
The teeth you have are the only ones you’re ever going to get, so it’s essential you do everything in your power to protect them. For many athletes, that means wearing a Nxtrnd mouthguard.
Mouthguards are one of the most important pieces of protective equipment an athlete can have. According to the American Dental Association, a properly fitted mouthguard should be part of every athlete's gear, regardless if their sport involves body contact or not. Properly fitting your guard against your teeth makes wearing one more comfortable and increases its protective abilities as well as your athletic performance.
For all Nxtrnd mouthguard fitting instructions, please click here.
How to clean a mouthguard
Getting sick is the last thing you want mid season. If you don't clean your mouth guard regularly, you are at higher risk of getting ill. Since bacteria thrive best in warm, dark, moist environments, a mouth guard can quickly become the ultimate breeding ground. Learn below how to clean a mouth guard and store it properly so it stays bacteria free.
It is important to clean your mouth guard with a soft bristle tooth brush and non-abrasive toothpaste to prevent scratching. To achieve the best results, make sure you brush the entirety of the mouthguard and rinse all residue with warm water.
SOAP AND WATER
After removing your guard, you can quickly rinse your mouth guard with anti-bacterial soap to mitigate germ build-up. You can also use mouth rinse to clean your mouthguard. As long as the ingredients are non-alcohol based. The mouthwash is a great anti-bacterial agent, however, it is important to note that mouthwash can stain your guard if it is made of a light colored material.
MOUTHGUARD CLEANING TABLETS
Cleaning tablets are an easy way to quickly sanitize your guard. Most cleaners are non-alcohol based and eliminate bacteria and stains within 30 seconds. For best results, we recommend you rinse your mouth guard after soaking them in the anti-bacterial cleaner to remove any residual soap.
MOUTHGUARD CLEANING DEVICES
With prices ranging from 30 to 80 dollars, sanitizing devices are the most expensive methods for cleaning mouthguards. Depending on the model, they use ultraviolet light and ozone to cleanse, sanitize, deodorize and purify your mouth guard.
Bacteria thrive best in warm, dark, moist environments, like a mouthguard. When you're done practicing your sport, you should always clean, dry, and store your guard in a vented case made from anti-microbial material. By utilizing these habits, your guard will stay fresh for every game and prevent you from coming into contact with any bacterial born illnesses.
WHERE CAN I BUY A MOUTH GUARD?
If you like to way your teeth look, and think you grind your teeth at night, then you need a teeth grinding mouthguard. It’s incredible how many people take this essential piece of protection for granted.
Roughly one-third of children and nearly 20% of adults in the U.S. suffer from nocturnal teeth grinding and jaw clenching. While not everyone is aware of their condition, if you're experiencing reduced sleep quality and poor sleep duration, there's a possibility you suffer from this condition. Related symptoms can include headaches, jaw pain, and chipped teeth.
Constant fatigue and damaged teeth can be a pretty unpleasant experience. Normal everyday activities like smiling, talking, eating and drinking can become embarrassing. For this reason, many people find relief using a night time mouthguard that reduces grinding and clenching. If you're looking for a sports mouth guard, please click here.
Teeth grinding mouthguards are sold online and in store. Because choices are limited in store, we recommend finding the model designed for you online and having it delivered to your home.
Read on to discover the available options including our best picks sold today. We determine our best choices based on extensive product research and on our knowledge in the dental protection industry.
BEST NIGHT GUARD FOR TEETH GRINDING
There are several types of mouth guards that range in style and price, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the best options to up your mouth guard game in 2020:
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THE BEST SPORTS MOUTHGUARDS
Our team of experienced testers spent many hours in the gym, in the fighting ring and on the field wearing these mouthguards. We evaluated them based on performance, values, fit, comfort, breathability, speak ability, moldability, and aesthetics to come up with the models that best serve every budget and every kind of athlete.
- PLAY IN STYLE: One™
- MOST PROTECTIVE: Rush™
- BEST BREATHABILITY: Zero™
- JUST EIGHTEEN BUCKS: Classic™
- ORTHODONTIC MOUTHGUARD: Braces
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