Dechter & Moy Dentistry offers custom sports mouthguards for children and adults to prevent tooth damage and loss while playing contact sports. They are the best way to protect your teeth, gums, and oral appliances such as braces, during contact sports.
They can be worn during any activity that could result in injury to the face or mouth. Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy will recommend using a custom sports mouthguard for superior protection, that is also comfortable to wear.
When are Protective Mouthguards Used?
Different types of custom mouthguards can also be used to prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching. These are common signs of a bite disorder. Other symptoms include discomfort and pain around the jaw, neck, and head area.
A custom-fit mouthguard for teeth grinding will be designed to position the jaw naturally and reduce muscle tension. This type of mouthguard is also known as a night guard or sleep appliance.
Store-bought Mouthguards Are Not as Effective
Only your dentist can create a truly comfortable mouthguard with a custom fit. The ones in retail stores can be a little cheaper but often come in standard sizes that are tough to adjust to. Your mouth and jaws are not a standard size, so we always recommend consulting with your dentist before buying in a retail store.
To keep a store-bought mouthguard in your mouth, you often have to keep your jaw clenched. If you’re playing sports, this can make it impossible to communicate with your team or take a quick water break. You have to keep taking your mouthguard in and out of your mouth to do these simple actions. Custom-fit mouthguards fit snugly and are designed to stay on without you having to clench your teeth.
Clenching your teeth can lead to future oral health problems as well. Teeth clenching is one of the precursors to TMJ disorders. The jaw joint becomes inflamed or misaligned, causing pain and problems using your jaw. The jaw may pop and click when you’re trying to open your mouth or chew. You may start to struggle to open and close your mouth.
Nightguards Vs. Mouthguards
It can be tempting to use your custom guard to perform both tasks — protecting your teeth from sports trauma during the day and teeth grinding by night. However, these guards should only be used to perform their intended functions. They’re made of different materials that aren’t equipped to handle the pressures of these other problems.
Nightguards are made of a thinner, harder material. They don’t need to absorb the impact of trauma, but rather keep the teeth from grinding together. Mouthguards are softer and bulkier because they’re designed to absorb these impacts. Using one for both functions can not only damage the guard, but your teeth as well.
The Custom Mouthguard Process
It usually takes two visits and starts with an initial consultation. On your first visit, our dentist in Silver Spring, MD will examine the current state of your teeth for issues. Recommendations will be made to fix issues before a mouthguard is created. Then, we will take dental impressions of your teeth and bite pattern. These will ensure that your new protective appliance will fit over the teeth snugly and securely.
The impressions may be sent to a dental lab to fabricate the final product. On the second visit, you will be given your new mouthguard. We will test it out and adjust accordingly. It should fit perfectly, without the need to bite down hard to hold it in place.
One of the key benefits of a custom-made mouthguard is that it will not require the wearer to clench or bite down to keep it in place. This has been shown to improve performance on the field. It allows all energy to be focused on the activity and reduces tension in jaw muscles.
Do I need a night guard?
A thorough evaluation of your dental health will be a necessary part of the overall treatment. If you suffer from sleep apnea, teeth grinding, or other bite-related disorders, we may recommend a nightguard. Worn or damaged teeth should also be treated for the best long-term result and to fully stabilize your oral health.
How long does it take to get a custom mouthguard?
After taking a mold of your mouth, it takes approximately 2 weeks to create a custom mouthguard. Most dentists send impressions to a laboratory to create the mouthguard, and then it must be sent back to the dentist’s office.
Can a custom nightguard shift your teeth?
Custom-fit mouthguards may feel tight or snug, but they are not strong enough to shift the alignment of teeth.
Can you wear a mouthguard all day?
You can wear a mouthguard whenever you want. Many patients who grind their teeth throughout the day have clear custom-fitted mouthguards. This provides a barrier between their teeth and no damage is done by grinding.
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Dechter & Moy Dentistry is your dental sports partner. Protect your teeth from damage in the best way possible by getting a custom sports mouthguard. Call us to set up an appointment, or request an appointment online today. We serve all of Montgomery County MD and surrounding communities.