ok, i found an actual mouth guard. no boiling required. i don’t know why that part weirded me out, but it did. this one’s super light and small with little adjustable bite grips that twist and turn with your bite. trying it out tonight. it says initially, your mouth might be sore for the first week or so. makes sense. hope it works!
so far, it feels MUCH better than the sports guard i tried.
it also comes with a little case. it’s also non toxic plastic and bpa free. designed by a dentist. 30 days or your money back guarantee.
and cleaning is pretty easy (rinse with water and/or mouthwash) and it’s reusable hundreds of times.
i never realized how bad grinding your teeth could be. i thought it was just as bad as snoring, but honestly if this continues (it’s been about a year), big problems can arise. like cracking teeth, fillings, TMJ, grinding all the way down to the nerve (hello root canals? early dentures?), also teeth health is almost directly related to heart health and all kinds of other problems. also, to fix teeth after grinding, your only options are really dentures, crowns, veneers, implants, etc… which can cost up to thousands of dollars per tooth. it was probably worth the $500 dental night guard.
but… from what i hear… the store bought ones are workable. and some people even cure this by yoga and meditation. haven’t been able to do so yet.