If you have been diagnosed with teeth grinding (bruxism), you may be wondering what type of guard is best for your needs and budget. There are many different types of teeth grinding guards with varying costs. The first port of call to identify your night guard needs should be your dentist. However, once you know what type of guard you need for your form and level of grinding, there are several different price points that you will need to consider. We thought that we would give you a little breakdown of the options available to you.
Over-the-Counter Teeth Grinding Guards
Store-bought teeth grinding guards can be found in most drug stores and range in price from $10-$30. These guards are typically made by placing a universal sized guard in hot water and then forming it over your teeth. They typically don’t last long and the fitting is poor, making for an uncomfortable experience. An uncomfortable night guard can often lead to gagging or difficulty breathing. Discomfort will often cause people to stop using it regularly.
Custom-fitted night guards are a much better option for your comfort and dental health. They are shaped specifically for your teeth and are made from superior materials. Custom-fit guards will last significantly longer than OTC options. A Custom night guard cost $300-$600 depending on location, dentist, and type of material. These are made by having a dentist take an impression of your teeth. The mold is then sent to a dental lab to be manufactured.
SportingSmiles is able to offer high-quality teeth grinding guards because we don’t have the overhead that your dentist charges for his time to make the molds of your teeth. Our patented self-impression molds allow you to make your mold and get your teeth grinding guard for much less!!
Many dentists only make a few night guards each year. As it is not their primary business, they are often not aware of the different types of material available. Often dentists will recommend a Dual Laminate tooth grinding guard, which is not the right guard for every type of bruxism sufferer.
Night Guard Cost (From SportingSmiles)
The cost for a custom-fitted night guard from SportingSmiles is from $65-$110. These guards are made using a self-impression kit that we send you. The impression is then mailed directly to the dental lab. This product is dramatically lower in price since there is no dentist markup. The quality is exactly the same as ones ordered through a dentist though. SportingSmiles has many different teeth guard styles to match your bruxism requirements. Because making guards is our business, we are able to identify exactly what guard type is correct for your specific needs.
Please visit SportingSmiles.com for more information on grinding guards.