Protecting your teeth from injury and damage is an important aspect of maintaining your dental health. Mouth guards are dental appliances that can be worn over the teeth protect to them from damage or injury. They cover the teeth and offer protection to the tongue, lips and cheek lining. They are generally used by athletes and sportspersons, and by people suffering from bruxism (the habit of grinding and clenching one’s teeth at night).
Over-the-counter mouth guards are not very effective as they are made to a standard size. They can slip and may not offer the best protection. They are often bulky and can interfere with your breathing and speech.
Custom dental mouth guards that are created in a dental office using impressions of your teeth are the best option. This is because they are made exactly for you by taking several measurements and impressions of your teeth and are created in a dental laboratory using high quality, light-weight material. As a result, they are comfortable to wear and do not interfere with your speech, breathing and sleeping while you are wearing them. Once your mouth guard is ready, we will ensure that it is comfortable for you and fits perfectly.
Below are some tips to help you care for your custom dental mouth guard.
- Never leave the mouth guard exposed to warm temperatures
- Occasionally clean the mouth guard in cold soapy water and allow it to air dry
- Store your mouth guard in a sturdy, well-ventilated container
- Rinse your mouth guard before and after each use and dry it properly
- Regularly check your mouth guard for signs of wear and tear
For more information about custom mouth guards and night guards, please contact our office for a consultation. You can call us at (978) 234-4334.