The Right Upper & Lower Nightguard Thickness for Bruxism

Mouthguard thickness and bruxism

Did you know that upper and lower nightguard thickness is important?

Do you think you are a part of the 8% of people who struggle with teeth grinding at night and want to find a solution?  Whether you choose a right or left night guard you’ll want to make sure to protect your teeth by preventing clenching/grinding with a bulky night guard.
Make sure you factor in the right materials and thickness when choosing a nightguard to prevent your bruxism from intensifying for symptoms.  We will explain to you what each nightguard is supposed to do, what your needs are, what product is best for you, and give you some tips on how to adjust to wearing your new nightguard.

Should I get an upper or lower nightguard?

One of the most unforgettable feelings you can ever experience is bruxism jaw pain and we want to provide you with a solution to your medical condition before it significantly affects your quality of life.  Without treatment, bruxism can lead to permanent damage to your TMJ or cause dysfunction of your TMD joint.
Bruxism should never be ignored as it can damage your jaw and its muscles.  Instead, you should focus on choosing the correct dentist-approved night guard (upper night guards are more comfortable and don’t block your tongue) but they can cause a gag reflex.  A lower nightguard however can work great for people that struggle with sleep apnea.  Both nightguards offer an excellent solution for the harmful effects of bruxism.

Can I wear both an upper and lower nightguard?

Your dentist’s recommendation will be critical to help you decide which mouthguard is best for you as using both can lead to suffocation, put a strain on your mouth, and cause even more jaw pain.  Less is certainly more when it comes to dental night guards but make sure you find a custom fit solution as opposed to a generic night guard from a drug store as they may prolong your issue.

What is the right night guard thickness for Bruxism?

Nightguards are designed for the user from a variety of different durable materials depending on the teeth grinder’s needs and are typically between 1 and 3 mm thick.  The condition of your nightguard should call for a night guard based on the severity level which could include a soft night guard, hard night guard, hybrid night guard, or ultra-thin daytime guard.
Approximately, 90% of people elect for an upper nightguard however some people will want a lower nightguard that is better for sleep apnea or if they’ve had upper mouth dental work.  Dental mouthguards are too thick and it can make it difficult your you to close your lips, lead to increased jaw strain, and can affect energy absorption showing no improved protection between 4 to 6 mm.
When choosing the correct nightguard thickness be sure to consult with a dental professional, our dental clinic in London Ontario would be happy to help you with a mouth examination and consult.
How to adjust to wearing your dental night guard?
  • You should wear your night guard constantly for 4-6 weeks so it becomes routine and your jaw pain subsides as it becomes consistent
  • Don’t wear your night guard until just before you go to bed to limit your discomfort
  • You may also want to try wearing it briefly during the day so it gets used to your mouth and causes you less jaw pain

Over-the-counter night guards are one-sized fits all products built with inferior and less soft materials that are less comfortable and can cause jaw pain or soreness.

Custom-fit night guards are made from softer and more durable materials made to fit your teeth’ unique impression.