Mouth guards are temporary coverings worn over your teeth. The guards are intended to protect your teeth from injury.
Mouth guards come in three varieties:
- Stock – While stock mouth guards may be cheap and easy to get, they’re not always the best option. These preformed pieces won’t change their shape, which results in difficulty breathing and discomfort.
- "Boil and Bite” – A better fit than a stock mouth guard, boil and bite protectors will give you a bit more flexibility in terms of shaping the guard. You will drop the mouth piece into boiling water to soften it. Once it’s warm (but not scalding) you’ll shape it to your teeth with your fingers and tongue.
- Custom-Fitted – These mouthpieces are designed for you by your dentist. We’ll make an impression of your teeth in the office. Using that mold, we’ll arrange to have a mouth guard tailor-made to fit you. While a custom-made mouth guard may cost a bit more than other options, it offers greater comfort and protection in the long run.
Reasons Why You May Need a Mouthguard
- Braces – Your dentist or orthodontist may recommend a mouth guard as part of your treatment plan to prevent injury and ensure no additional shifting occurs after removing your braces.
- Bruxism or Teeth Grinding – The unconscious grinding of teeth, be it during the day or nighttime, can cause long-term damage to tooth enamel and nerves. A custom mouthpiece will prevent additional damage while minimizing discomfort.
- Contact Sports – Athletes of all ages are well-served by investing in a custom mouth guard. Whether you play contact sports (football, boxing, soccer, basketball, etc) or enjoy rigorous physical activities where injury is possible (mountain biking, skating, gymnastics), a mouth guard can provide comfortable protection against injuries to your teeth and gums.
- Sleep Disorders – Problems such as sleep apnea and snoring may be remedied through the use of a custom-made mouthguard.