Dentists recommend going for mouth guards that are properly fitted to avoid discomfort. There are four types of mouth guards, 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- in either case before using this mouth guard you need to apply certain steps. In the first place, soften it in hot water, then mold it around your mouth with your fingers and tongue.
- Custom-fitted mouth guards- these guards are made to fit a patient personally. Custom mouth guards offer the best comfort, protection and are available in all sizes. Furthermore, you can choose one that fits exactly to your liking.
Custom-fitted dental night guards are best 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. These guards also protect against tooth wear and muscle strain and offer better comfort. Lastly, you can also use guards to relieve jaw pain from grinding and clenching.