What Is Involved In Buying a Night Guard?
People, who grind their teeth at night while they sleep, often end up developing other problems, such as waking with a strong headache or a sore jaw, gums or ear. The medical term for this problem is Bruxism. Not only can it result in painful jaws or ears but it often also damages the teeth by cracking the enamel or wearing the teeth down. It is usually far better to try to correct this problem than to allow it to go on.
One simple way of helping alleviate the problems Bruxism causes is to wear a custom night guard. These are made out of moldable plastic and it is worn in the mouth at night in much the same way that a retainer is worn. While you can purchase these across the counter, it is normally recommended that you have an orthodontist or dentist make one for you. Buying one without having it properly fitted can actually lead to more problems as if it does not fit exactly it can exacerbate existing jaw pain and can lead to sleepless nights.
When being fitted for one, the first step is to have the dentist made a mold. Soft substance is placed inside the mouth and the patient is asked to bite down hard on it. This is then taken out of the mouth and used to create the actual night guard. Another appointment needs to be scheduled. During the second appointment the night guard is tried out to see if it fits properly. Small adjustments are made as needed. When having one fitted properly in this way you will be assured that it will feel comfortable to wear at night.
Of course, it is more expensive to have one fitted by a dentist than to buy one over the counter, however any savings made by buying a cheaper type may only end up causing you more problems in the long run.