Online options for buying nightguards
December 13, 2017 2:17 PM   Subscribe

I'm in need of a new nightguard after chewing through my old one and rather than paying my dentist's exorbitant price again, I was wondering if anyone has had success with one of those online companies that make it for you. Would love some recommendations if you have. Thanks!
posted by massofintuition to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
My wife lost the $300 nightguard her dentist made for her, and replaced it with a $10 boil-and-bite mouthguard from a sporting goods store. It's still working well for her five years later.
posted by davcoo at 2:30 PM on December 13, 2017 [3 favorites]

Just got mine from these folks. It is pretty OK.
posted by wocka wocka wocka at 2:42 PM on December 13, 2017

I've used Proactive Labs (who appear to be defunct) and Sporting Smiles. Both are totally fine and are much thinner than the boil-and-bite kind, which kind of make me gag because they're bigger than the ones made from an impression of your teeth.
posted by zsazsa at 2:46 PM on December 13, 2017

My dentist said that nearly everyone should start with a drugstore mouth guard and only proceed to a custom made one if the cheap doesn't get the job done. He said this to me, a night grinder, and I've heard him give the same advice to a jaw-clenching Olympic weight lifter. So I'd give that a try in your shoes!
posted by whodatninja at 3:24 PM on December 13, 2017 [5 favorites]

I've been getting by on SleepRight no-boil drugstore night guards for years without a problem. I haven't chewed through one yet, and I usually replace them at much longer intervals than they recommend.
posted by minsies at 3:47 PM on December 13, 2017 [1 favorite]

Plackers night guards require no fitting and are disposable, comfortable and cheap. There’s a free* sample offer on the site.
posted by sageleaf at 10:18 PM on December 13, 2017 [1 favorite]

I have nothing but good things to say about Great customer service and great product.
posted by misanthropicsarah at 8:27 AM on December 14, 2017

I bought a replacement night guard from J&L Dental Labs through Amazon. It was $129. It is not as nice as the $700 one my old dentist made me, but it was much much cheaper. No complaints so far!
posted by Comrade_robot at 8:29 AM on December 14, 2017

Seconding that Dentist said that if a drugstore one works for me, it's just as good as one she would make custom.

I've been very happy with my Smart Guard Night Guard.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:16 AM on December 15, 2017

I chew through store-bought night guards in a matter of days to weeks. I did have one made by my dentist, and it lasted a few months (and it was stupid expensive). I took a gamble and bought one through J&S Dental Lab on Amazon in March 2016, and it's still going strong with virtually no signs of wear. For $129, I'm very happy.
posted by ReginaHart at 9:24 AM on December 15, 2017

I don't know anything about those companies, but I was looking at Instamorph reviews recently and was surprised (edit: because I had no idea it would even be used for such a thing) to see a lot of praise for the product from people using it to make mouthguards and even fake teeth. It's pretty cheap if you want to go that route.
posted by yohko at 3:47 PM on December 15, 2017

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