Do I Need A Night Guard For My Upper Or Lower Jaw?
A question we get asked commonly by people is how to know if they need a guard for their top or bottom jaw.
What we’ve noticed, it’s pretty confusing and overwhelming when you try to look the answer up online. With every dentist sharing their conflicting views, making a decision can be overwhelming. What’s our advice for you?
As we say with most things, the best night guard to protect your teeth from the effects of grinding and clenching is the guard you will actually want to wear all night long. So what does this mean for you choosing top or bottom?
Think about what guard you will find the most comfortable.
Firstly, you will only need one night guard to protect both your top and bottom teeth. You will not need both, one guard serves both upper and lower. In terms of what people find the most comfortable or perhaps most popular, it is the top teeth. Perhaps people find this as they’ve grown up wearing sports mouthguards that are worn on the top guard.
Some dentists believe that wearing a guard on the lower jaw is easier to adjust to during sleep. With the theory that a lower guard is less intrusive to a top. Once again, the jury is out on this and there is a lot of varying opinions.
The bottom line:
Do what you think will be the most comfortable for yourself.
Some dentists will look at an individuals mouth structure and grinding habits and make observations based on this. If you have been told by a dentist or specialist to get a guard for either top or bottom please do. If it’s something you are stressing about, we also advise you seek the opinion of a professional.