Known as bruxism in the medical world, teeth grinding can occur both at night and in the day but is more frequent during sleep at night. While there's no proven cure to treat teeth grinding and clenching, most dentists recommend a professional night guard, which is a unique mouthguard made of soft and hard plastics that helps protect the users teeth by reducing damage caused harsh grinding forces.
Without the use a mouthguards, long term clenching and grinding can lead to symptoms that include: worn down tooth enamel, jaw muscle and joint pain (TMJ), gum recession, headaches, loss of teeth and other oral health. While it is hard to determine the cause of teeth grinding, studies have shown that high levels of stress or anxiety can exacerbate the condition.
There are three types of mouth guards for bruxism:
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.
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 majority of customers choose the upper guard because they find it to be more comfortable. In fact, more than 90% of customers wear an upper teeth by default as it doesn't get in the way of their tongue as much as lower teeth guards do.
We only recommend lower teeth guards if your dentist has recommended them or if you've had dental work inhibiting you to wear an upper teeth grinding mouthguard.
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Please note: If you're suffering from TMJ disorder or TMJ disorder symptoms, please consult your dentist directly. We do NOT recommend ordering a night guard online.
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