There is some controversy about the usefulness of mouth guards, which stems from the untruthful claims of some guard manufacturers that their product can cure bruxism. The job of guards is to protect teeth and provide relief from the jaw clenching UNTIL YOU FIND THE REASON FOR YOUR TEETH GRINDING. Guards are not meant to be worn for a very long time, as it is very important to eliminate the cause of teeth grinding. In many cases, a good dentist can find out if there is a problem with jaw or teeth alignment and fix the problem. In many cases, where the stress causes the teeth grinding, the causes of stress disappear and you stop grinding your teeth without any intervention. But, regardless of how long you used to grind your teeth, your mouth guard provided you with the protection you needed.
Mouth guards can get chewed out – Some opponents of mouth guards claim that the guards can get chewed out and pieces swallowed because of the strong pressure from the teeth. Poor quality, cheap guards are, of course, more prone to wear. Mouth guards have to be made of high quality material which can withstand significant pressure from the teeth and jaws.
Open bite issue – Open bite issue is another issue related to mouth guards that is circulating the web due to the lack of information. On the one hand, many people still believe that the mouth guard is here to cure their teeth grinding. On the other hand, many people are using poorly fitted one-fit-all guards available off the counter. According to Dr. Corine Scalzitti, she has never seen an open bite caused by a night guard. It is much more likely that the open bite existed before using the guard, and it might even be the cause of teeth grinding. A person with an open bite should see an orthodontist to correct the problem.
It is possible that a prolonged use of poorly fitted mouth guard is causing changes in the alignment of jaws. Mouth guards are meant to be used as guards, until the cause of the teeth grinding has been discovered and fixed, and it should not be used for ever. Properly fitted, custom made mouth guards will not cause open bite.