Thin mouth guards can work for teeth clenching and grinding if you have day-time bruxism or mild bruxism. This option is often more comfortable than thick, bulky dental mouth guards. Learn more here about thin night guards, but also talk to your dentist to find out if a thin mouth guard will work for you.
Thin Night Guards
Some grinders find thick night guards feel bulky in the mouth, especially in one-size-fits-all night guards.
Thin night guards work largely the same as thick dental night guards: They provide a protective barrier between your top and bottom teeth. Pro Teeth Guard’s custom-fit, thin mouthguards range in thickness from 1 mm to 2 mm, while over-the-counter night guards can be as thick as 3 mm.
Thin night guards are best for those with daytime bruxism and mild bruxism. To see if a thin dental guard is right for you, visit your dentist.
Types of Thin Night Guards
Thin night guard candidates can choose between custom-fit night guards and one-size-fits-all night guards. Note that custom-fit and one-size-fits-all night guards offer BPA-free options.
Let’s review the differences between these types of thin night guards.
Thin custom mouthguards are made from an impression of your teeth and fabricated in a professional dental lab, ensuring a perfect fit that is typically more comfortable than a one-size-fits-all mouth guard.
Additionally, custom-fit night guards typically offer better teeth grinding protection than over-the-counter night guards. If your thick over-the-counter night guard is uncomfortable, a custom night guard may make a world of difference.
Even custom-fit night guards that aren’t marketed as thin guards are often thinner than over-the-counter night guards. And while thin night guards are sometimes available as one-size-fits-all guards, custom-fit night guards generally offer more thin night guard options.
Pro Teeth Guard offers the following thin night guards:
- Ultra Thin Guard (1 mm)
- Soft Night Guard (1.5 mm)
- Hard Night Guard (1.5 mm)
- Hybrid Night Guard (2 mm)
Each option offers professional materials and a personalized fitting process to create a mouthguard that is designed for your unique mouth.
One-size-fits-all night guards are pre-made to fit most people and are available at retailers like Amazon or Walmart. They are often described as moldable or boil-and-bite, which means you can soften them to fit your teeth. Although they are designed to fit most mouths, even thin over-the-counter guards are often less comfortable than custom-fit bite guards. Generally, a one-size-fits-all guard is a good option while you wait for a custom-fit night guard.
How Thin Guards Help Bruxism and Related Issues
Thin night guards protect your teeth from sleep bruxism grinding and clenching by creating a barrier between your teeth.
Thin guards like the Ultra Thin Guard are great for day-time grinding because they’re more comfortable to wear and they’re less visible, particularly when worn on the lower teeth. A day-time guard can help bruxism symptoms like soreness in your jaw muscles decrease.
People who have more severe bruxism can still benefit and find relief from their symptoms with a thin night guard. Pro Teeth Guard’s most heavy-duty night guard designed for severe grinding is only 1.5 mm thick, which is half the thickness of many over-the-counter night guards.
For other conditions related to bruxism like TMJ or sleep apnea, a mouth guard might help. Talk to your dentist and doctor about the best treatment options for you.
Comfortable Protection With Thin Night Guards
The best mouthguards are ones people actually wear, so finding a comfortable night guard is important. Thin night guards are both more comfortable and less conspicuous. For those with mild or day-time bruxism, a thin night guard is a comfortable way to alleviate symptoms of clenching and grinding.
At Pro Teeth Guard, you can get a custom-fit mouthguard at an affordable price. We make our night guards in a professional dental lab, and every night guard is guaranteed to fit comfortably with our 110% money-back guarantee. To learn more, you can read customer reviews from our Ultra Thin Guard.