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Mouthguards used during sleep, also called nightguards, are oral devices used to protect your teeth from grinding or clenching, a condition known as bruxism. While there are various types of mouthguards available for purchase over the counter, the best ones are those we custom-make for you, right here at our San Diego, CA office.

What Are the Types of Mouthguards?

Stock Mouthguards: These are the most widely available and affordable types of mouthguards. You can find them at your local drug store or sporting goods stores. They come in different sizes and are ready to fit over your teeth, usually the top ones. The downside of these types of mouthguards is that they can be very uncomfortable and do not provide a proper fit. You may find it challenging to talk while wearing one.

Boil and Bite Mouthguards: These are also sold over-the-counter, and are relatively inexpensive. You can customize them to fit your mouth by boiling the mouthguard until it softens, then placing it on your teeth and biting down. While these types of mouthguards are better than the stock option, they can still be uncomfortable and may not fit well.

Custom-Made Sport Guards

The best mouthguards are custom-made for you. After taking impressions of your teeth, we will create the device specifically for the structure of your teeth and mouth. The result? A perfect fit and the best protection.

Custom-Made Nightguards

Nightguards, also known as occlusal guards or nocturnal bite plates, are removable dental appliances worn during sleep to help protect your teeth from damage due to bruxism, which is characterized by repeated grinding and clenching of the teeth. Bruxism can result in pain, sensitivity, and tooth wear. Patients often report waking up with headaches, and some experience jaw, face, or neck discomfort. Bruxism can also cause a painful condition called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

Your custom-fit nightguard is molded to fit your upper or lower teeth. It helps protect your teeth and restorations from damage by distributing the bite forces, which reduces stress on and abnormal wear. It also provides a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth, cushioning them, and protecting them from damage. Your nightguard will stabilize your bite and protect your temporomandibular joints (TMJs). You will sleep better and will wake up feeling rested and refreshed.

Custom Mouthguards Near Me

Contact Rachelle T. Flores, DMD in San Diego, CA, to learn more about our custom-made mouthguards and how they safeguard your oral health. We are all about prevention rather than treating injuries or damage after they occur. We look forward to helping you maintain long-term healthy smiles.


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