A custom-fitted mouthguard is worn over your teeth while you play sports or grind your teeth at night. Available for both children and adults, a mouthguard helps protect your teeth and gums from damage and can also help you speak more clearly. Many people who snore or have mild sleep apnea are prescribed medications to wear night guards while they sleep. These splints are similar to a mouthguard but cover your entire jaw instead of just the upper teeth. Our dentist takes impressions of your teeth at Osuna Dental Care, so the mouth guard has a snug fit. You should also be able to breathe and speak quickly with the device.
An over-the-counter mouthguard is a ready-made product you can find at many stores. These fit loosely over your teeth and are less likely to cause injury than other mouthguards because they don’t restrict your jaw movement. However, they can be bulky and uncomfortable to wear under a helmet.
A boil-and-bite mouthguard is softened by boiling and then molded to fit your mouth. This guard can be more comfortable for athletes who don’t want their faces obstructed. However, it can be challenging to mold this guard properly, and it’s notorious for breaking easily.
The best option for sports protection is a professionally-made mouthguard from your dentist. Not only are these custom-made to fit your teeth and mouth, but they also have a tight fit and are more durable than other options. Your dentist can also adjust the thickness as needed for your sport, adding thin edges to reduce cuts on your lips while playing hockey. Your mouthguard will be easy to clean, too, since it will be brushed off at the end of the day with only water needed to rinse it.
You may need a custom-fitted appliance if you suffer from bruxism, temporomandibular joint issues, or grinding your teeth at night. A night guard can prevent your upper and lower teeth from chipping and wearing down over time due to grinding. It can also help to relieve jaw pain and other common symptoms of TMD. Custom-made appliances are also effective for patients that wear braces to correct their bite alignment. They can be made in several colors and designs to personalize your oral device. If you play sports, you can protect your teeth with a mouthguard while participating in recreational activities such as basketball, football, hockey, and more. They prevent injuries to the lips, tongue, cheeks, and jawbones commonly caused by impact from sports equipment.
Protect yourself and your family members by staying on top of your oral hygiene from home with brushing and flossing and regular professional cleanings. For more information, visit Osuna Dental Care at 8400 Osuna Rd NE #5A, Albuquerque, NM 87111, or call (505) 884-1989.