Teeth grinding affects lot of people to different levels. Many people grind their teeth unknowingly at night, during their sleep. The medical term for this condition is also called Bruxism. Mouth or Night Guards are an affordable, professional solutions for those who suffer from teeth grinding.
Night guards are made to provide a cushion between lower and upper jaw and protect them from the pressure caused by teeth grinding. They are designed to be flat against the opposing teeth, or formed to fit the surfaces of the teeth.
Sports guards are made to fit over upper teeth and work by distributing the forces of blow to the face. They play a vital role in all contact sports.
Many people who suffer from teeth grinding opt for sports mouth guard than night guard because of the high cost of the night guard. But, Is that a good idea? Both a sports guard and a night guard are meant to protect teeth, but in different ways.
The main function of a night guard is to protect the teeth surfaces from being worn down from constant grinding and clenching. They are made from durable hard acrylic plastic to withstand grinding over a long period of time. A sport mouth guard is mainly worn to protect the teeth and mouth in case of concussion, sudden and hard impact, jaw or neck injuries. They are usually made from a softer material that act as a shock absorber.
An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, durable, resist tears, easy to clean, and should not restrict your speech or breathing. Sports mouth guard can offer some protection, but is not the ideal choice. This is the reason one should opt for a professionally made, custom dental night guard.
They are usually designed in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on the dentist’s instructions. They are made from a special material and involves lot of hard work, due to which, these are more expensive than the other, but provide the most comfort and protection.