Mouthguards An Overview
A custom mouthguard can be made to protect your teeth, gums and oral appliances such as braces during contact sports or 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 more comfortable. We offer these for children and adults as the best way to prevent tooth damage and loss when active.
Custom mouthguards can also be made to prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching, common signs of a bite disorder that can also lead to discomfort and pain around the jaw, neck and head area. Also known as a nightguard or sleep appliance, a custom fit mouthguard for teeth grinding will be designed to position the jaw naturally and reduce muscle tension.
Mouthguards What to Expect
Fitting a custom sports mouthguard will require a brief visit to take dental impressions. These will ensure that your new protective appliance will fit over the teeth snugly and securely. 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 in pro athletes to improve performance on the field, allowing all energy to be focused on the activity and reducing tension in jaw muscles.
If it is determined that a mouthguard or nightguard is appropriate for your specific dental concerns, a thorough evaluation of your dental health will be a necessary part of overall treatment to address the cause of your bite related disorder or teeth grinding. Worn or damaged teeth should also be treated for the best long-term result and to fully stabilize your oral health.