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Are the drugstore night-guards any good?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
A deterrent: They will prevent all but the most determined from causing mischief. There is a tremendous difference in their training and I have seen a few that don't look formidable at all.
Dr. Jeffrey Collura
Cosmetic Dentistry 14 years experience
They are OK: These appliances tend to be "bite and boil" they are soft and often bulky. The will help protect the teeth and are better than not using an appliance if you are a grinder/clencher. Some people will actually grind more with soft nightguards. The best solution is a custom made nightguard fabricated by your dentist and customized to your specific needs and symptoms.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Store night-guards: The store-bought night guards that you try to form to the teeth just don't fit very well. The custom-made professional mouth guards fit snugly. They almost 'snap' in. You do not have to keep your teeth together to keep them in. Ask your dentist to fit you with a custom made mouth guard.

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Last updated Sep 11, 2014

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