Step 1: Protect Your Teeth With A Night Guard

Since finding and eliminating the cause of your bruxism is likely to take some time, your immediate effort should be directed towards protecting your teeth during that time. And wearing a custom night guard is the best way to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching.

Did you know that in the US alone, three million night guards are fabricated each year.
Custom night guard

Custom night guards are made specially for your teeth, so they are slimmer and easier to wear during sleep.

Why Having a Night Guard May Save Your Smile

Night guards are to bruxism what umbrellas are to rain. It will not stop teeth grinding [1], but it will protect your teeth, preventing irreversible wear and fractures. Wearing a night guard during your sleep will also prevent displacement of your teeth caused by the strong forces generated during bruxism. It is also beneficial for your gums since it gently redistributes the forces evenly. It also eliminates the morning muscle pain and fatigue you may normally feel on waking.

 

Grinded teeth

This man suffered from teeth grinding for many years without wearing a night guard.

Avoiding to wear a night guard, on the other hand, can result in severe damage to your teeth. If you grind your teeth at night, every time you go to sleep without a night guard, your teeth become more worn and flattened. They may become sensible to heat and cold as a result. You may also suffer from gum recession, exposing more and more the root of your teeth. This makes them more likely to become loose and fall. Headaches and neck stiffness are other consequences of not wearing a night guard when suffering from bruxism. Social anxiety, due to the unattractive smile resulting from damaged teeth, is also reported from some individuals.

inexpensive night guard

Their low price and fancy marketing can make them an attractive choice, but you are better off avoiding one size fits all night guards

With all those serious side effects, you may be tempted to grab a cheap ‘one size fits all’ night guard at your pharmacy (or worse a sport mouth guard). Don’t. Those night guards have been reported to cause more harm than good. Depending on the size of your mouth, it can be impossible to achieve a tight, comfortable fit. There is a high risk that the one size fits all night guard do not cover your back teeth correctly. This can result in displaced tooth and jaw pain.

Those night guards are also bulky, causing a lot of discomfort and sometimes even more teeth grinding.[2] In the long run, most people who try the ‘one size fits all’ night guards ends up changing for a more comfortable custom made night guard.

The Truth About Custom Night Guard
“Having a custom fitted mouth guard is the closest thing to being cured from bruxism instantly”
With the impression of your teeth, your dentist can make you a custom night guard. Their slim design and durability make them the best night guard you can get to protect your teeth. But it can be expensive. Dentists charge between $500 and $700 for one custom mouth guard. And the truth is, they don’t make the mouth guard themselves. They simply send the order to the dental lab and later double or triple the price. Fortunately, an alternative solution is available and have been used by most members of this support group. The solution is to bypass your dentist and deal directly with a dental lab.

Thanks to the web, some dental labs like ProTeethGuard now offer services directly to you, allowing you to have a quicker and cheaper custom mouth guard of the same quality. You will receive a kit to take your own teeth impression. The instructions are simple and straightforward. If you can use the ‘boil and bite’ night guard at your pharmacy, you will find the instructions of your teeth impression kit even simpler. After taking your teeth impression, you send back the kit with the prepaid envelope that came with the kit. About ten days later you should receive your custom made night guard.

Ordering a custom night guard

Which Dental Lab Do You Recommend?

After receiving several recommendations from members, and after trying it out myself, I recommend ProTeethGuard as the best dental lab in the US to get your custom night guard. Their staff are very friendly and their prices are unbeatable. To make the experience as pleasant as possible, they offer free shipping in the US and Canada, plus a 110% money-back guarantee on any of their night guards.

custom night guard

Custom Night Guard from Pro Teeth Guard

In a nutshell, the first step to stop teeth grinding at night is to protect your teeth with the right custom night guard. Don’t wait another night or another day, order your custom night guard today. Your teeth will thank you for it.

Once you have received your night guard, go to STEP 2 to make bruxism in your life a thing of the past.

Marc Livingston
2 Comments
  1. My dentist recommended a mouth guard because I grind my teeth and clench my jaws while sleeping. The estimate from him was $450. Since my insurance doesn’t cover the mouth guard, I decided I would buy a simple mouth guard from a store. That’s when I came across your recommendation for the Pro Teeth Guard and thought I would try it. I received my order within a week of placing it. The package contained the kit to make my impression. This was easy and fast. I mailed the impression back on the Friday and received it the following Saturday. I’ve worn the guard for 4 nights now and have had no problems. The guard has a great fit and I’ve been sleeping well. This morning was the first morning I woke up with no headache. The service was quick and the product very good. I’m very happy with my purchase. 5 stars

  2. I have a feeling my story must be pretty common. I had always refused to believed my dentist when he told me I must be grinding my teeth. I have no memory of ever grinding my teeth. That is until my new girlfriend told me I was grinding my teeth at night. What a shock!

    How could I destroy my teeth without even realizing it? My dentist made me a custom mouth guard. It felt great the first few months, but I finally grind through it after a year and a half. That’s when I decided to buy a cheap night guard at my pharmacy. What a mistake! It is so big compare to a custom mouth guard that my jaw started to feel painful when I wasn’t wearing it during the day. I had jaw tension and weird muscle pain. I’m glad I found this alternative. Thank you!

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