Dentists recommend going for mouth guards that are properly fitted to avoid discomfort. There are four types of mouthguards, namely:
- Stock mouth guards- these are over-the-counter guards that come pre-formed and ready to wear. They are one size fit and are less expensive.
- Boil and bite mouth guards- before using this mouth guard; you need to soften it in hot water, then mold it around the mouth with your fingers and tongue.
- Custom-fitted mouthguards- these guards are made to fit a patient personally. Custom mouth guards offer the best comfort, protection and are available in all sizes; you can choose one that fits.
Custom-fitted dental night guards are for people with sleep apnea, snoring, and grinding or clenching of the teeth (bruxism) habits. They are custom-made to fit at a professional dental lab using an impression of the person’s teeth. They protect against tooth wear and muscle strain and offer better comfort. You can also use guards to relieve jaw pain from grinding and clenching.