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25 Best Mouth Guards And Products To Stop Teeth Grinding

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How To Stop Teeth Grinding: 20 Best Products And Mouth Guards For Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, affects as many as 8 percent of adults. While the causes aren't completely understood, doctors believe "it may be due to a combination of physical, psychological and genetic factors."

If you find yourself grinding your teeth at night, it's always a good idea to visit the dentist and get an exam. These professionals can figure out how to stop teeth grinding, as well as what's causing it. Doctors may suggest an over-the-counter mouth guard to wear while you sleep to offer temporary relief.

And a prescription night guard made by your dentist is the best product to protect against teeth grinding.

Says Dr. Heather Kunen, DDS, MS, co-founder of Beam Street"While dentists or doctors are not able to prevent against the actual act of grinding or clenching, night guards will protect your teeth from breaking or chipping. If your grinding habit is on the milder side, a simple clear plastic retainer, called an Essix retainer, is a great option for protection, as it's a little more comfortable and will also prevent shifting and crowding. Essix retainers are also prescription appliances that can be made by your dentist or orthodontist."

While we may not completely understand why we clench or grind our teeth, as it's a typically involuntary act we do in our sleep, we do know that some people grind from heightened stress levels. As Dr. Kunen adds, "Some doctors have found that those patients who practice yoga or meditation are able to decrease their emotional stress levels, and may grind/clench their teeth less often and severely."

So, for individuals who want to stop teeth grinding in their sleep, these mouth guards, books, and products are the perfect answer.

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1. The ConfiDental Moldable Mouth Guard

This high-quality professional mouth guard is made from soft thermo plastic, premium medical grade, BPA- and Phthalate-free material. It protects both your upper (top) and lower (bottom) teeth. In addition, it can be used for a whitening tray in teeth whitening treatments.

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2. LORIOUS Mouthguard

LORIOUS Mouthguard provides a custom fit, comfort, and protection. Protect your teeth with Frenulum Notch to prevent irritation, and customizable with BPA-free materials.

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3. Neomen Professional Dental Guard

Neomen multipurpose 3-in-1 dental night guard can also be used as a teeth whitening tray, or as an athletic mouth guard to protect against sport-related impacts to the teeth.

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4. DenTek Professional-Fit Maximum Protection Dental Guard

DenTek Professional Fit dental guard has a moldable upper layer to create a cushion of comfort and protect teeth. It includes a patented forming tray to provide a customized professional fit at home.

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5. DentalCare Labs Teeth Grinding Mouthguard

This mouth guard can be used in many situations, such as protection against teeth grinding and clenching, or sports. You can even use them as teeth whitening trays, as the gel stays in place so you get a great whitening experience.

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6. Teeth Armor Custom Teeth Night Guard

Just one-third the size of most nightguards, Teeth Armor by Sparkling White Smiles was created with little material to give plenty of space for teeth, keeping smiles healthy and safe. The bite-pads don't affect the angle of bite, while the entire teeth-guard fits snugly into the mouth. It's easy to wear and comes with clear instructions.

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7. Pro Teeth Guard

Custom-made to cover your teeth perfectly. Use the easy home impression kit, take an impression of your teeth, and send it in with the postage-paid return envelope. This company custom fits the dental mouth guard based on your teeth impressions.

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8. Dental Duty Professional Dental Guard

This guard comes in two different sizes, which can be trimmed to fit any mouth. Both pleasantly fit in your mouth, eliminating the feeling of overwhelming bulkiness and irritation on sensitive gums.

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9. Ora-Guard Dental Grind Guard

Patented bite plate wedge design slides the lower jaw down and forward, relieving tension on the TMJ muscle. Low profile means no bulk and comfortable to wear. Plus, the patented design ensures a secure, no-slip fit.

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10. Plackers Grind No More Dental Night Guard

Plackers Grind No More Dental Night Guard for Teeth Grinding is a disposable and ready-to-use night guard for bruxism. The streamlined design is one-size-fits-all and can be worn on the upper or lower teeth, can be used for up to 3 nights, and are easily disposable, eliminating the stress and providing optimal protection for both "clenchers" and "grinders" alike. 

(Walmart, $16.87)

11. Oral-B Nighttime Dental Guard with Scope

A simple microwave process, in the comfort of your home, results in a custom guard. It’s intended to reduce damage to the teeth and prevent the damage associated with grinding.

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12. HONEYBULL Mouth Guard

This mouth guard is safe for your teeth against issues that happen through the day and night. HoneyBull Mouth Guards are specifically designed to aid in protection against bruxism, TMJ, or even chronic toothache.

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13. M3 Naturals Heavy Duty Mouth Guards

M3 Naturals offers the only heavy duty option with 3 in 1 versatile mouthguard for teeth grinding, athletic sports, and teeth whitening trays. 

Designed to be durable, universal and comfortable, M3 Naturals Mouth Guards are sure to become your favorite dental guards for variety of uses, including teeth grinding, sports activities, and teeth whitening. Months of repeated refinements and tests led to use of materials that offer immense comfort and precise fit. 

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14. SmartGuard Elite Night Guard

Patented front-tooth design keeps your back teeth from touching. There's a softer inner layer for comfort, and firm bottom layer for longevity and help to prevent grinding.

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15. SleepRightDental Guard Slim Comfort

This mint-flavored night guard protects your teeth from clenching and grinding. The 4 notches allow you to adjust the bite pads forward and backward to fit all sizes, and the slim design eliminates the need for bulkier night guards.

(Target, $29.99)

16. The Doctor's Advanced Comfort Dental Guard

Stop teeth from grinding and sleep more comfortably with The Doctor's Advanced Comfort Dental Night Guard. This is less bulky than traditional night guards, is more secure and flexible, and has a better fit. It also prevents the wearing of enamel that occurs from teeth grinding. Plus, its BPA-free!

(Walmart, $13.19)

17. Tranquillam Sleep Custom Molded Night Mouth Guard And Sleep Aid

You can this as a sleeping mouth guard to assist with a better night's sleep. Or, you can use it as a bite guard when playing sports. Either way, the mouth guard protects against biting cheeks and grinding teeth.

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18. PHOEBE Mouth Guard

This mouth guard is moldable to all different mouth shapes and teeth sizes. It's customizable and easily trimmed to fit any alignment. It can also be used as a whitening tray or athletic mouth guard to protect against sport-related impacts to the teeth.

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19. Ubittek Teeth Grinding Moldable Custom Dental Night Guards

Ubittek provides relief for people who grind their teeth by eliminating the habit and improving sleep quality. Used as a mouth guard, it's also useful to whiten teeth, or protect against any sports-related impact.

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20. Stop Grinding Your Teeth!: A Holistic Approach to Bruxism

This book aims to give a holistic understanding of teeth grinding and answers questions like: Why do we grind our teeth? How do you prevent bruxism? And what are simple exercises you can do to help release tension? Learn exercises including techniques from the yoga tradition and personal development tools to manage your stress.

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21. Custom Essix Plus Super Clear Dental Retainers

These retainers are created from one layer of 1mm Essix Plus material, which holds up to more impact than standard Essix material. It's also clearer to make it less noticable, and is designed to prevent teeth from moving or shifting after braces, orthodontic work, or Invisalign. 

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22. Amazon Prime Video: Yoga Therapy For Back Pain, Neck Pain & Stress Relief

Much of teeth grinding is related to anxiety, and yoga is an excellent form of stress relief. These yoga videos are gentle and perfect for even the beginner who has never tried yoga. Taught by Lindsey Samper, she teaches you how to relieve pain and tension throughout the body. This series includes Yoga Flow Classes and videos that teach you stretches.

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23. Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday 

Another way to relieve stress associated with teeth grinding is doing meditation. This book is an introductory lesson to meditation, so let it help get you on the path to a calmer life with fast, easy, mindful meditations, and exercises that really work.

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24. Kneipp Mineral Bath Salt

Taking a warm bath can help to relax your muscles, and that includes your jaw. That means less teeth grinding! And with this bath salt, encourage relaxation and a good night’s sleep. Give your mind and body the detox it deserves, and melt away stress before sleeeping.

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25. Spafinder Wellness 365 Gift Card

What better way to relieve stress and teeth grinding than with a massage? With Spafinder gift cards, you can enjoy manis-pedis, massages, haircuts, blowdrys, and wellness retreat getaways, as well as many other services at locations near you.

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Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyles writer who focuses on health, wellness, and relationships. Her work appears in dozens of digital and print publications regularly. Visit her on Twitter or email her.

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