Why Choose a Night Guard for Teeth Grinding and Clenching?

Bruxism is the medical term for clenching or grinding teeth. While teeth clenching and grinding is usually done at night when you sleep, it can also happen during the day.
Nighttime teeth grinding causes excessively worn or chipped teeth, jaw pain, headaches, and a number of other painful symptoms. The remedy is often a night guard fitted by a dentist.

There are also boil and bite night guards that can be purchased online or at retail stores that can be molded at home. These are cheaper than those from a dentist and might work well for many people.

Dental Guards

A night guard from a dentist will be custom-fitted to your teeth, but they can be expensive. On the positive side, your dentist will know your history and can recommend the best options for you.

Aftermarket Night Guards

Boil and Bite mouth guards bought online or from a retail store can be molded at home and will offer protection from chipped or broken teeth at a fraction of the cost of those from a dentist.

Best Materials for Bruxism

For teeth grinders and clenchers, the hardness of the material used in the guard either from a dentist or somewhere else is important. Guards made with a hard material are a better choice than soft guards, if given the option. Guards that are too soft often increase grinding and may cause jaw pain.


Many grind guards from a dentist can cost $600 or more and this is out-of-pocket and NOT covered by insurance. Online or retail store guards are much cheaper but might not be a perfect option. Be willing to experiment until you find one that works well.

What Else Can Be Done for Teeth Grinding?

It’s important that people who clench and grind their teeth save their teeth first by wearing a grind guard. This will protect from chipped or broken teeth and might even minimize the symptoms of grinding and clenching.

It’s also important to understand that other factors can promote bruxism, such as stress, anxiety, snoring, and certain neurological disorders.

Bruxism is considered a sleep disorder because many people grind or clench at night while they sleep. Because of this, it’s important to relax before bedtime to help relieve some of the factors that inhibit a good night’s sleep.
Daily exercise, meditation, a relaxing bath before bed, and other good habits can reduce bruxism at night during sleep.

Our blog has some helpful information about bruxism and sleep…

What is Bruxism and Is It Bad For My Teeth?

Types of Sleep Disorders

Exercise Can Help You Sleep Better

Meditation and Mindfulness For Bruxism Relief

We will update our website and blog to provide more information and resources for people with the problems associated with bruxism.

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