A bite guard is nothing but the mouth guard or a night guard. No matter, by what name you call it, the main aim of the night guard is to protect your teeth from the damage caused by teeth grinding. The dentist near you recommends to explore different types of bite guards and it’s important to understand the different types available and the level of protection they offer.
The ADA recommends wearing night guards which are durable, comfortable, and fit properly along with being easy to clean.
Many dentists have come to realize that the rubber like soft night guards can actually encourage grinding. Many soft night guards are prone to wearing down quicker than the hard material night guards. If you decide to buy a soft guard, make yourself familiar with the warranty of the guard and see if there is any pain in your TMJ.
The hard acrylic night guards are recommended for moderate to extreme grinders as they are durable and can be smaller with a low profile. The hard acrylic dental guards don’t allow for changes to the teeth. Crowns, bridges, implants, veneers and even cavities can change the way your night guard fits.
The night guards are remoldable and can be formed to the upper or lower teeth. The advantage of these night guards is that you can remold them to the top or bottom interchangeably.
These mouth guards are typically made in the dental lab with impressions. The custom fit guards offer the most protection as they uniquely fit each user’s mouth. However, they can be bulky, expensive, and may take time to get made.
These are common mouth guards which are pre-formed in the dental labs and take around 10 to 15 dollars. They offer minimal comfort and are often bulky.
You need to make sure that your night guard is free of hazardous or toxic materials such as BPA, Latex, PVC, Phthalates.