9th April 2023

Does a Mouth Guard for Grinding Teeth Help Fix the Issue?

Last Modified: May 4, 2023

In this article, we will explain what a teeth-grinding mouth guard is, and how it works. It may be the solution you need to stop the pain of teeth grinding and improve your oral health.

What is a Teeth-Grinding Mouthguard?

A teeth-grinding mouth guard, also known as a night guard or occlusal guard, is a dental appliance designed to protect your teeth. It protects your teeth from the harmful effects of Bruxism or teeth grinding.

It is a small, custom-fitted device that is worn over your teeth while you sleep or during the day if needed. The mouth guard (made of soft and durable materials) cushions your teeth and prevents them from rubbing together. The teeth rubbing together can cause chips, cracks, and other dental damage.

A teeth-grinding mouth guard helps to ease the symptoms of Bruxism such as jaw pain and headaches.

Where Can I Buy Teeth-Grinding Mouthguards?

You can buy teeth-grinding mouth guards from a variety of sources.  Here are a few options for buying a teeth-grinding mouthguard:

  • Dental professionals: Dentists and orthodontists can custom-fit you with a teeth-grinding mouth guard. They will take an impression of your teeth to create a custom-fitted mouth guard.
  • Online retailers: Many online retailers offer teeth-grinding mouthguards that come without a prescription. These mouthguards are usually less expensive than custom-fitted ones. They are also quicker to access and can be a good option for those on a budget.
  • Drugstores: they often have over-the-counter teeth-grinding mouthguards. You have to boil these pre-made mouthguards in hot water and bite down on them to fit them into your mouth.

When it comes to teeth grinding guards, the most comfortable is a custom-fitted one provided by a dental professional. This type of guard is designed for your teeth, jaw, and mouth, ensuring a perfect fit and the most comfort. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and create a mould to create the mouth guard. Custom-fitted mouthguards are gentle on your teeth and gums. They are made of soft and durable materials, such as silicone or acrylic, that are gentle on your teeth and gums.

Over-the-counter teeth-grinding guards can also be comfortable if you find one that fits well and has a soft material. Look for a mouth guard with a profile and design that conforms to your teeth and mouth. It's important to choose a mouth guard that is designed for Bruxism and has a thick enough material to protect your teeth from grinding forces.

Consult with your dentist if you experience any discomfort or pain while wearing a mouth guard. They will ensure that it fits and is providing optimal protection.

Pros and Cons Of Using a Mouth Guard for Grinding Teeth

Pros:

  1. Protects teeth - A mouth guard is effective in protecting your teeth from Bruxism damage. It can reduce the risk of tooth chipping, fractures, and wearing down.
  2. Reduces pain - A mouth guard can help reduce Bruxism pain and discomfort, headaches, jaw pain, and soreness in the teeth and gums.
  3. Better sleep - A mouth guard can help you sleep better by reducing the noise caused by teeth grinding and also the pain from grinding in your sleep.
  4. Convenient - A mouthguard is easy to use and easy to carry around. You can wear it at night while sleeping or during the day if needed.

Cons:

  1. Not a permanent fix - It may provide temporary relief but does not cure the condition. A mouth guard only treats the symptoms of bruxism and does not address the root causes.
  2. Discomfort - Some people may find wearing a mouth guard uncomfortable or awkward.
  3. Maintenance - Along with regular cleaning mouthguards need regular maintenance. This is to ensure they remain hygienic and effective.
  4. May affect speech - You could find it hard to speak while wearing a mouth guard. It may also give you a lisp.
  5. May not fit - Fitting a mouthguard can cause discomfort. On top of this, a mouthguard that does not fit may not provide adequate protection for your teeth.
A woman weighing up the pros and cons

At the end of the day, a mouthguard can be a helpful ally in lessening the symptoms of Bruxism, but it is important to understand the positives and negatives. You may wish to consider other treatment options than a mouthguard. Why not have a chat with your dentist or oral healthcare provider to see what may be the best option for you?

This article was read and reviewed by the face of DR Aesthetica himself - DR Baldeep Farmah.

Will Teeth Grinding Mouth Guards Fix the Issue?

Teeth grinding or Bruxism can cause discomfort and damage to the teeth and jaw over time. A mouthguard is a useful tool in lessening the symptoms but it may not be your best option.

A mouth guard can be a helpful tool for managing Bruxism, but Botox offers more effective and lasting relief from Bruxism symptoms.

Unlike a mouth guard, which can be uncomfortable and may need replacement, Botox injections last for several months and need zero daily maintenance. Furthermore, a Botox treatment is a non-invasive procedure done in less than twenty minutes, with little to no downtime required. This makes it a convenient option for those with busy schedules who may not have the time or desire to wear a mouthguard.

If you are struggling with Bruxism come and talk with us. You don't have to fight this alone and let excessive teeth grinding impact your health and lifestyle. At Dr Aesthetica, we aim to help you live your best life—free from the limitations bruxism has placed on you.

Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 9th April 2023
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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