Do I need to be fitted for a dental night guard?

I have a serious teeth grinding problem and was referred to a specialist for a dental night guard. I haven't gone yet as I know it will be very expensive. I am considering buying a generic one at a pharmacy but am concerned that if it is not perfectly fitted, it will not be as effective. Am I right to be concerned?


F, 34, Pennsylvania

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Hi Aggy3T,

I know that the price tag associated with dental night guards are high, but it is important that you have one made and properly fitted by a dentist for a few reasons. As you mentioned, it's possible that you may not adapt the store bought guard to your teeth properly it will not be effective. Also, having an improperly made night guard can cause significant and sometimes irreversible damage to your teeth, jaw joint and muscles. Hope this helps!