Mouth Guards, Sports Guards & Night Guards
Night guards can serve to protect your teeth from damage caused by grinding your teeth. Sports guards can serve to protect your teeth from damage while playing sports. Both are preventative measures. Our dentists at the Family Dental Center fit you for night guards or sports guards that are created just for you.
What are some symptoms of bruxism (grinding the teeth)? A grinding sound at night, soreness or contractions of your jaw muscles when you wake up, persistent pain in your face, or swelling of the lower jaw are all indications you may want to discuss with your dentist. A night guard or an occlusal guard can offer protection during sleep or while awake. Many people grind or clench their teeth during the day while they are intensely focused on something, such as driving a car, weight lifting (very popular), reading a book, etc.
A night guard helps because you grind the surface of the night guard instead of the surface of your teeth. It can protect your teeth from getting ground down or splitting. Don’t risk your oral health; grinding your teeth for even a short term can lead to lasting damage and wear. Our dentists will help you decide whether a lower or upper night guard will be better for you. We’re here to help preserve your smile by fabricating a custom night guard that will fit your mouth precisely.
If you or your children play sports, a mouth guard will be a necessity. Whether you play contact sports, or participate in an individual sport like mountain biking or skateboarding, a mouth guard helps prevent oral injuries. Why risk a chipped or broken tooth or worse? Sports guards are very durable and will be made from an impression of the teeth. Though many sporting goods stores offer mouth guards, custom made mouth guards will last longer and fit perfectly. Store bought mouth guards usually require you to boil or microwave the mouth guard before each use to allow it to mold to the shape of your mouth. Custom made mouth guards will fit perfectly every time you use them.
How to Care for Your New Mouth Guard
Clean your mouth and night guards with mouthwash and a toothbrush after each use. Cleaning your mouth and night guards regularly is essential to ensure long-term function. Some people like to store their mouth guard in a perforated container to avoid potential damage and allow air to circulate to prevent it from drying out. If your mouth guard is made of acrylic you may wish to store it in water. Avoid exposing your mouth guard to high temperatures such as direct heat or direct sunlight for prolonged periods.
Protect Your Teeth with Sports and Night Guards
A custom mouth guard or night guard will keep your smile looking great for years to come.