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224 of 229 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2010
I have had problems with TMJ and night-time teeth grinding for most of my adult life. I was treated for TMJ about 20 years ago and have had several mouth guards that I've obtained from the dentist--they were always costly and didn't hold up that well. In searching for a more cost effective solution, I found the Dr Brux night guard for $49.99. I've had 2 of them and thought they were OK but I ended up "biting" through both of them. I searched again and found the Grind Guard by Archtek. For the price, I couldn't NOT try it. I found it was easy to mold/adjust, it fits well and it is really comfortable. I've been using it for about 6 weeks and it doesn't show any signs of wear and tear. I definitely would recommend it to anyone that has problems with teeth grinding.
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99 of 103 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2011
I purchased this mouth guard as protection against teeth grinding and clenching. I seem to do this much more if stressed. The dentist suggested one he molds for me at the office at the cost of close to $200. I decided to try this route first. Great choice! The guards arrived quickly in the mail with detailed instructions on how to fit them to your teeth. Briefly explained, boil water and immerse the grind guard in the water for 10 seconds. This is easy to do with the attached plastic tab. Insert into your mouth and do NOT use your bottom teeth at all to assist with the molding. Once in your mouth and postioned correctly, use your tongue to press it against your upper teeth ONLY. Do this while sucking the water out from it using only your tongue. I admit, I practiced before putting the hot guard in my mouth to be sure I was "trained" NOT to use my bottom teeth to clamp down on it, which seems like the natural thing to do. The first night I ended up trimming the tab area a bit more closely because I could still feel that area in my mouth. After that, I fell asleep maybe just a minute or two longer than usual as my mouth grew accustomed to the mouth guard. I slept all night long without waking. I have read some people's comments about drooling with a mouth guard in. I had no problem at all with any drooling. Thank goodness! I sometimes will snore if I shift to my back while sleeping. My kids informed me this guard greatly decreased any snoring noise I made while on my back. Although this is not an advertised feature of the mouth guard, it certainly was a bonus involving this embarrassing habit. My teeth felt great in the morning and my gums were not the least bit sore or irritated. I give these mouth guards, especially the 2 for 1 deal, a five star rating. I suggest giving them a try if in the market for a great product to help prevent teeth clenching and grinding.
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117 of 127 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2011
I used to have a acrylic mouth guard made by my doctor back in my country (Brazil). I got it because I clench my teeth (no grinding), but I lost it couple of months ago. After 3 months without using any mouth guard I was going crazy.

When I saw I could buy it online without have to spend some thousands of dollars to go to a doctor in the US, I was very relieved and excited. The first morning after I'd used it through the night, I could already feel the difference. I slept through the whole night, I woke up with no tension on my shoulders, my jaw wasn't locked and there was no pain on the muscles surrounding it. After a whole week without headaches I was convinced I made a great deal.

Do the modeling was kinda trick but I got it on my 3rd try and it doesn't come out of my mouth unless I want it to... It's very durable and I'm still on my first one. I love that they come in pairs.

The reason why I gave it a 3 stars is... I'd recommend it to be used just for a while in case you don't have the money to make a good one right the way or something like that. Because the material is kinda flexible. So, you'll still clench your teeth, just not nearly as much as without it but, also, not so little as w the acrylic ones where the pressure between my teeth was even smaller and I'd feel more relaxed. I've been using it for a couple of months now and I still don't feel pain on my muscles, but my jaw started locking up again every now and then and it's very painful to unlock. Also, my jaw still pops/cracks a couple of times every day. It didn't happen when I had the acrylic one either. So, I'm decided to make a new acrylic mouth guard in a few months when I'll be back home.

Sorry about any English misspelling.
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95 of 107 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2011
I have had a few of these. (dog got a hold of a two) I also had braces and my teeth changed a lot. This guard is great for people with a small mouth because I didn't have to cut this down at all like a lot of other guards, and it actually sits comfortable in your mouth all night without causing any pain to the jaw. I have found some of the bulky, expensive ones from the drugstores and stuff don't work, they actually make your jaw hurt worse and half the time they gag you or don't stay inside of your mouth while you're sleeping. When molded correctly, this guard fits tight to your teeth just like a retainer. I would highly recommend this product to anyone qho has problems with grinding, or jaw clenching in their sleep.
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2010
The Grind Guard was exactly as stated in the Amazon ad. The delivery was prompt. the directions were very clear and after two attempts ( water not hot enough the first attempt) I got a good fit and have been wearing the night guard every night. No problems at all. My jaws do not hurt in the AM. I am happy with my purchase.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2011
This might be okay for grinders, but not so much for people who clench their jaws. It is not thick enough to provide protection for pressure.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
The package comes with two grind guards. Last night I proceeded to mold one of the guards per the package directions, but I guess I erred. I followed all directions, but left the guard a couple of seconds longer in the hot water before inserting it and placing it on the upper teeth.

That was a mistake! The two or three extra seconds the guard spent in the hot water ruined the guard. When I attempted to mold it to my upper teeth, the guard discombobulated into an amorphous butterfly like shape. The guard literally spread outwards against the roof of my mouth. There was no way I could remold the misshapen mess, though I did try.

Having learned my lesson, I was a lot more precise in the amount of time I left the second guard in the hot water before molding it to my upper teeth. I had no problem with the second guard. I left it in the hot water for EXACTLY 8 seconds, and that was enough.

I wore the guard last night. It fit my mouth well, and I had no trouble sleeping with it on, nor did I have jaw pain from wearing the guard in the morning. I did have a nasty plastic taste in my mouth in the morning though, so who knows what chemicals I am swallowing down my throat as I sleep; but until I get this bruxism under control I'll have to wear it.

So far, it's working well. Who knows how it will hold up. The ventilated case that is provided is nice and convenient. In the morning I simply washed the guard in soap and water, dried it, and placed it in its case.

4 Stars, since the fact that I ruined the first guard was MY fault, not the manufacturer's.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2011
I've needed to wear a mouth guard for years, but the few times I've tried...I couldn't do it. Usually I would end up gagging on the mouth piece or drooling everywhere because the mouthguard was too cumbersome to get my lips around.

I'm still having symptoms attributed to TMJ (developed from being a long-time grinder) but the guard has helped reduce the pain of them. I've been using the first guard since August 31, 2010 and it still functions though there is definitely significant wear on it.

I haven't discussed with my dentist about the possibility of these OTC guard messing up my bite, but have an appointment in March and will update then. I know that is a big concern so you may want to consult your doctor before moving forward with these.

Easy to set up, instructions were clear. Zero problems so far.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2011
I clench my teeth routinely when I sleep. I used to have a guard made by the dentist for $400. But, after about a year, it began to irritate the insides of my lips. The dentist eventually determined that bacteria had built up in the material and was not going to be removable. Of course, he wanted me to order a replacement from him. (What a racket!) I tried a few over-the-counter designs and finally found this item. It was easy to mold, comfortable, and stayed in place. When it, too, began to irritate my lips after about 10 months, I had not regrets and simply got out the second one. I will most definitely order more to have on hand when the one I am using needs replacing. At the price, I can go through 20 pairs of GrindGuard over more than 30 years for the price of one guard made at the dentist's that would only have lasted a year anyway.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2011
I've been clenching my jaw for years and finally decided to try a mouth guard.
I was a little hesitant because they usually are uncomfortable or expensive but for this price I thought I should just give it a try.
It was very easy to mold. I tried a few times just to get the perfect fit and then put it on for the night. When I woke up the next morning my jaw was relaxed and I felt so rested. The only drawback is that you tend to sleep with your mouth slightly open so that it gets a little dry in the morning.
All in all I'm very happy with my purchase.
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