Whether for issues such as nighttime teeth grinding, or for protection during recreational activities such as sports, choosing to wear a custom night guard or mouth guard is a smart decision to preserve oral health and maintain a confident smile. But with such a wide array of available options on the market, choosing which type of mouth guard to explore can be a difficult decision.
Why Get a Mouth Guard?
Continued grinding of teeth at night will both wear away the enamel on a patient’s teeth, while also opening up the potential for greater infections and bacteria from the open wounds caused by bruxism. These infections will not only cause issues in a patient’s mouth, but can spread throughout their system, causing major health issues in their respiratory, circulatory, or otorhinolaryngology systems. Custom mouth guards offer a solution to reduce the strain on a patient’s mouth, benefitting their overall health.
Mouth guards can also provide relief from headaches, jaw clenching, and restore restful sleep, in addition to reducing jaw, head, and neck pain, and gum recession. Athletic mouth guards will safeguard a patient’s teeth while participating in high-impact sports, as well as secure the jaw and neck from taking undue damage from direct hits to the mouth.
As patients conduct research on the differing types of guards, they will find that the choice drills down to two major options — custom-made mouth guards, or store-bought mouth guards. And while many may believe there are few differences between the two, choosing a custom mouth guard can provide several benefits over choosing to go the over-the-counter, store bought route.
Cost and Quality of a Custom Mouth Guard vs. Over the Counter
The initial cost comparison between a store-bought mouth guard and a custom mouth guard will show that the store-bought option is cheaper, especially when compared to a custom mouth guard made through a dentist.
But the way an over-the-counter mouth guard is able to be priced at much lower costs is due primarily to the type of material the guard is made of, and the general one-size-fits-most way they are molded and manufactured. The store-bought mouth guards are made of thinner plastics that have a higher potential for cracking when put under strain — such as when someone is grinding their teeth in the night, or receives an unexpected knock to the mouth during a football or basketball game. Additionally, the boil-and-bit molding method used to craft these guards is not particularly accurate. This can leave gaps between the teeth and guard, causing greater risks and offering less support than what a custom mouth guard would.
Custom mouth guards are more expensive because they are crafted of higher-durability, medical-grade materials. Professionals take a precise mold of a patient’s mouth and bite, and cast a mold based off this impression. From there, the mouth guard is able to be manufactured to more precisely fit the unique shape of each patient’s mouth, fitting more comfortably and protecting the patient’s teeth more effectively.
Furthermore, investing in a custom-made mouth guard is investing a product that will last longer. The higher-grade materials are more likely to hold up to frequent use, regular cleanings, and longer application in general. Store-bought counterparts, on the other hand, are more likely to need to be replaced regularly, lasting a few months to a year at most.
A Dentist Quality Custom Mouth Guard at an Affordable Price
The cost of a custom mouth guard doesn’t need to break the bank. Dental Lab Direct was founded for the precise purpose of providing patients with quality, medical-grade, hypoallergenic dental appliance products at more cost-effective prices. This is possible because Dental Lab Direct works with experienced dental professionals, but is able to mold and manufacture their dental appliances without the costly overhead of a dedicated dental practice.
Additionally, Dental Lab Direct still provides the customized impressions and individualized mouth guards that a dentist would, versus the mass-produced and lower grade appliances available over-the-counter from standard pharmacies and retail locations. And they’re able to provide custom dental appliances without patients needing to leave their home. Dental Lab Direct ships their impression kits directly to patient’s doors with clear, step-by-step instructions, patients return their impressions via mail for Dental Lab Direct to create the unique mold of patients’ teeth and bite placement, and Dental Lab Direct sends the completed custom mouth guard or other dental appliance directly back the patient.
Overall, this makes the entire experience of ordering, sizing, wearing, and using a custom mouth guard not only easier than over-the-counter options, but a much better investment, as it lasts longer and is made with a higher quality.
Dental Lab Direct provides products that are unique and custom-built with individual patient needs in mind. Contact us today for more information about our services.