Hello, Dr. Spainhower here,
I’m a TMJ Dentist in Layton Utah.
If you’re looking for the best OTC TMJ Guards, then I’m glad you’ve found this website and I strongly suggest you keep reading…
Because my uncensored Occlusal Guards review is just one click away. My reviews compare the performance between the popular TMJ Night guards, which ones are comfortable and which ones fall out easier. Finally, which ones don’t work and also the 2 or 3 guards that have the highest chance to eliminate your symptoms.
Why am I writing this? Well, my patients have a need for a Mouth Guard For Grinding Teeth, and many reports indicate that many just don’t work well. I’ve treated thousands of Patients with symptoms for TMJ, and I usually use my custom made mouth guard for grinding, made from my private dental office. But, I’ve heard horror stories (and some good) about TMJ night guards from retail stores and the internet. I didn’t really know if any of them worked.
So, I purchased several popular OTC Best mouth guard for grinding, and tested them myself (14 of them). I couldn’t find any actual reviews that actually compare one mouth guard to another, so I decided that needed to be done.
I’ll warn you, I’ll reveal both the good and not so good points, so if that’s something you might not want to hear, then you may as well leave now. I’ve given my honest critiques as I wore these night guards every night for about a year…testing them. I did however tended to wear specific ones more, because they worked better and where more comfortable. The OTC guards are Not great and have some substantial issues. But, as I tested them, I now know which one is the best one to try for all around pains, and a couple of different ones if you have lock jaw or significant popping and clicking.
If you’d like to save some money over buying the expensive Teeth Grinding Mouth Guard from your Dentist, you can try the inexpensive ones that I recommend. My TMJ Guards in my office cost only 650.00. They work great, but, many of you can have relief with the right OTC guard depending on your case and TMJ symptoms.
IF you’re stilling reading this and haven’t clicked thru to read the review, I’ll go into some differences with TMJ Guards.
There are upper arch TMJ guards and lower arch guards:
Upper guards can be more helpful depending if you have lockjaw symptoms or clicking and popping issues. If you don’t have any locking or clicking issues, then the lower TMJ guards or splints (they’re the same thing) can work just as well as the upper splints (if you have the right one for you).
Soft vs. Hard guards:
Generally the soft ones cause more problems compared to the hard ones. In recent years, labs are making the dual laminate guards that have a soft inner material and a harder outer material. These are better than the All soft material guards.
The causes of symptoms for TMJ are from Grinding teeth in sleep. If you grind teeth in sleep then the fastest way to reduce the undesirable effects is to wear the right Occlusal Guard. One that does Not cause teeth clenching at night. See, many or most all, almost every one…does promote or cause clenching at night. That is why some professionals are negative or against wearing Mouth Guards Teeth Grinding at night. But, if you get the right one that is designed to reduce clenching, then you’ll have a better nights’ sleep, less symptoms for TMJ and you’ll sleep like a baby again.
The SmartGuard night guard came out on top, but it does have some limitations, but, it’ll still be possible to help more people than all other occlusal guards that I’ve tested. Yes, I said it is possible, in fact probable to eliminate your pains. The other reviewed Mouth Guards Teeth Grinding reasons I recommend, depends on your symptoms, so…
I hope you found this information useful etc, you can click here to check out the reviews.