Teeth grinding night guards are very effective at preventing the damage caused by nocturnal bruxism. Keep the following points in mind if you're considering a mouth guard to control your teeth grinding:
Visit the dentist first. It's important to make sure your condition is properly diagnosed. A dental exam will confirm if you're experiencing nocturnal bruxism and not another dental problem.
Get a custom fit. Your dentist can make a teeth grinding night guard that perfectly fits your mouth. A comfortable custom fit is essential because without it you're unlikely to wear your mouth guard every night. Though less expensive over the counter models are available, they lack the quality fit, feel and durability of a custom model.
Double your coverage. Choose a teeth grinding night guard that fully covers both your top and bottom teeth. Full-size double coverage designs are less likely to shift during the night because they give your teeth something to bite.
Hard guards rule. Hard-plastic and acrylic teeth grinding night guards tend to fit better and last longer than soft guards. When properly maintained, hard-plastic teeth grinding night guards will last approximately 3-10 years.
Remember: It only works if you wear it. Teeth grinding guards are most effective at controlling nocturnal bruxism when they are used every night.