Upper guards are typically recommended because they don’t remove easily compared to lower teeth nightguard. Dentists favor lower guards because they are often more comfortable and easier to get used to. The ideal night guard should protect all your teeth while not affecting your natural bite.
Can I wear both upper and lower night guard?
As a patient, you can opt to wear either an upper or a lower night guard. The choice is yours. However, though it might not seem too important, there are some distinct differences between mouthguards.
Firstly, you will only need one night guard to protect both your top and bottom teeth. You will not need both, one guard serves both upper and lower. … Perhaps people find this as they’ve grown up wearing sports mouthguards that are worn on the top guard.
What type of night guard is best?
Hard night guards are made to be the strongest and most durable type of night guard available. Depending on the chosen thickness, a 3mm thick hard night guard is designed for patients who grind their teeth on a regular nightly basis.
Generally, mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw), your dentist will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Your dentist can suggest the best mouth guard for you.
How thick should my night guard be?
The guard can be 2-3mm thick, made from acrylic, lasting about 3 years max. The inside part is made soft for cushioning, while the outside part is made from plastic, providing a tough, durable protection.
Can night guards ruin your teeth?
Often, deep grooves will eventually form in the night guard from the force of the grinding. The night guard prevents this same force from causing damage to the teeth. Without a night guard, enamel can be worn down excessively, leading to tooth sensitivity.
Can night guards straighten teeth?
“You cannot straighten teeth with a mouthguard,” Jeffery Schaefer, DDS, MSD, an orthodontist in San Diego, explains to WebMD Connect to Care. According to Schaefer, even if a mouthguard is custom-made, its purpose is not to straighten teeth, but to protect them from teeth grinding, jaw clenching, or trauma.
Why are night guards so expensive?
A custom made nightguard costs roughly ten or so times more than a store bought one. However, even with the added premium, they are still well worth the cost. The reason? Comfort, fit, and reliability of the materials used.