Mouth guards are a must for those who play contact sports and are made of a special flexible and strong plastic which, when worn, cover your teeth. This will protect the teeth from any trauma from outside and also from smashing upper and lower teeth together.
Night Guards are similar devices to mouth guards and are used in patients with Bruxism (teeth grinding) and work by reducing the sensation of clenching or grinding your teeth. They also help reduce pain and prevent tooth wear, as well as protecting against further damage.
It is always the best to get a professional made mouth guard as it will be custom made to your mouth and teeth and provide maximum protection. Some over the counter mouth guards may not fit on your teeth as they should and though won’t provide 100% protection.
Usually depending on the age and type of sport a mouth guard can be made in 3 different thicknesses. The thicker it is, the higher protection you will get.