Mouthguards An Overview
A custom mouthguard can be made 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. We offer these for children and adults as the best way to prevent tooth damage and loss.
When are Protective Mouthguards Used?
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 one’s 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 standard size, so we always recommend consulting with your dentist before buying in a retail store.
Mouthguards What to Expect
The Custom Mouthguard Process
It usually takes two visits, and starts with an initial consultation. On your first visit, Dr. Dechter 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 overall treatment. If you suffer from sleep apnea, teeth grinding, or other bite related disorder, we may recommend a night guard. Worn or damaged teeth should also be treated for the best long-term result and to fully stabilize your oral health.
Request A Consultation
Dechter & Moy Dentistry is your dental sports partner. Protect your teeth from damage the best way possible by getting a custom sports mouthguard. Call us to set up an appointment, or request an appointment online today.