Ten years ago, I was a passenger in two separate motor vehicle accidents. Both were exactly a year apart. Crazy eh? Thankfully my injuries were not life threatening, but they were definitely life altering. I now struggle with Fibromyalgia/Chronic pain everyday. A few hours after the first accident, I started experiencing quite a bit of neck, back and jaw pain. The next day the pain had gotten much worse, so I made an appointment to see my primary care physician.
The neck pain I was experiencing was caused from whiplash and my jaw pain was a result of TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) and Bruxism (Teeth Grinding). After the first accident, I started clenching and grinding my teeth really bad throughout the night while I slept. I would wake up daily with a nasty headache and pain in my jaw. The pain would get so bad at times, it was difficult to not let it affect the rest of my day. My face literally felt like I’d done a couple rounds with Mike Tyson!
Did you know?….
Researchers have calculated that the pressure on your teeth during a bruxism episode can exceed 200 pounds/square inch.”
After a couple of days of dealing with excruciating pain. My doctor suggested that I make an appointment to see my dentist asap. So I did. My dentist confirmed the TMJD/Bruxism and recommended a splint/mouth guard. I was happy to learn that the mouth guard as well as the adjustments every few months were covered by my insurance claim. There was no way being off work, that I could afford the $900 it was going to cost me to replace the one I had, let alone the $300-$400 for a regular cheaper night guard.
Last summer I lost my custom night guard, it had to be somewhere in the house because I’ve never taken it out anywhere. We tore the whole apartment apart looking for it. After a few days of combing through everything. Still no sign of it. Frustrated and stressed out about losing it. I decided to search online and see what sort of options were out there.
That’s when I discovered Pro Teeth Guard through a post I’d seen on a forum. When I saw that they made the same professional quality night guards that you would get from a dentist but for a whole lot less $$$. I was all over that! I contacted Pro Teeth Guard to see if they could help me out, and they did! I was sent a Hybrid Night Guard for Moderate to Heavy Grinding to review.
Pro Teeth Guard is operated by a dental lab located in San Diego, California. Their lab has been servicing dentists for over 10 years and has delivered thousands of perfectly fitted custom night guards, mouth guards, dentures, and other dental appliances to dentists. Their custom Night guards range between $139.99 and $189.99, depending on your level of grinding. Compared to what most dentist offices charge, it is a much cheaper alternative! The staff and Customer Happiness team at Pro Teeth Guard is extremely knowledgeable and they have been super helpful throughout my entire ordering process.
I ordered a “hybrid” night guard ($159.99), based on my dentist’s recommendation. It’s hard on the outside and soft on the inside, to ensure a comfortable fit. The “hybrid” night guard is good for moderate to heavy grinding and will last 2-5 years, depending on the degree of grinding.
Within a week of ordering my hybrid night guard, an impression kit arrived in the mail. The impression kit came with four containers of putty. (They include two extra containers of putty in case your first impression doesn’t turn out). Also included was two different sizes of mouth trays, and a prepaid envelope to return my completed impression. Instructions were accidentally not included in my package, so I headed over to Pro Teeth Guard’s website to see if they had them there. I couldn’t find any. But I did find a tutorial on Youtube on how to get a proper impression of my teeth.
To get a proper impression, you need to follow the instructions very carefully, step by step, which I clearly did not. I was relieved to know that even though I messed up my first impressions, they were very understanding and I was sent out a new impression kit at no cost. I received my second impression kit a week later which included easy to follow, detailed instructions including pictures to show how to do each step. You only have a few minutes to mix the two different putties together and create an impression before the putty becomes hard.
I figured the second time around would be easier. Unfortunately I botched both impressions again! I sent over a couple of pictures to the lab technician to take a look at before sending them back. She didn’t think I got a clear enough impression of my back molars and recommended that we try again. Third time’s a charm right? YEP! I sent a couple more photos of my 3rd try at getting a good impression. Finally third time around, both impressions were good. YAY! 🙂 I sent my impressions off to Pro Teeth Guard in the prepaid envelope. The lab technician then made my custom night guard using the impressions I sent in. My new night guard arrived within a week.
I could immediately tell that the hybrid night guard I received was made with quality materials. I tried it on right away, it was comfortable and a perfect fit!
I have now been wearing it every night for the last two weeks now and I love it! It’s comfortable and fits perfectly. It isn’t bulky and doesn’t move around when I sleep. My jaw feels more relaxed and my teeth are protected. My boyfriend mentioned that I haven’t been grinding as much in my sleep. He’s happy not being woken up constantly in the middle of the night anymore listening to my teeth grinding.
If you clench or grind your teeth, and your dentist has been encouraging you to get a night guard, but you haven’t been able to afford one, I highly recommend ordering a mouth guard from Pro Teeth Guard. It’s the same professional teeth guards that your dentist will provide you with, but these are much more affordable.
You will save at least 50% ordering direct from them versus your dentist’s office. Their mouth guards are made to fit your mouth perfectly and protect your teeth. The Pro Teeth Guard staff are friendly and professional. They promise to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with their 110% Money Back Guarantee. If you receive your night guard and you’re not satisfied for any reason, they will go out of their way to make things right.
The awesome folks at Pro Teeth Guard has generously offered to give away a custom night guard to one lucky winner! Winner will choose the night guard style (soft, hybrid or hard) valued at $139.99-$189.99.
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