Your teeth are designed to last for a lifetime with the right aftercare. This involves more than just your oral hygiene habits at home and routine care from your family dentist. You also need to protect your teeth from damage, like while playing sports. No matter if you have a habit of grinding your teeth at night or you enjoy a friendly game of soccer, we have the solutions you need to protect your smile from unnecessary complications using custom-fit mouthguards.
A mouthguard is an oral device that fits over your teeth to protect them from damage. Not only does it preserve your teeth but also your lips, tongue, face, and jaw. In some cases, it can even lower your risk of concussion if your experience trauma to the head or face.
Mouthguards are available over the counter, which is convenient; however, they aren’t custom-fit. As a result, their level of protection is compromised. Why take the risk using less than the best? Our office can provide you with the personalized mouthguard you need to protect your smile.
Not all mouthguards are used for the same purposes. Your family dentist will discuss your concerns to determine the type you need:
Our office uses durable material for maximum protection while also being flexible and comfortable. You can still breathe and talk freely without placing your smile at risk.
If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, we can protect them from the pressure of bruxism. A custom-fit nightguards provides a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to reduce friction that can lead to enamel erosion, breaks, or loose teeth. It can even alleviate jaw pain caused by a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.
A custom-fit mouthguard from your dentist offers certain advantages when compared to those purchased over the counter, such as:
Your mouthguard can last for several years with the right care, like cleaning it after every use. This removes harmful bacteria that can lead to odors or gum irritation. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste or soap to clean your mouthguard. When it’s not in your mouth, store it in its container. Never place your mouthguard near high temperatures or direct sunlight. If it shows any sign of wear, it’s time to have it replaced.
No matter if you have bruxism or you play sports, our office can protect your smile. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for a custom mouthguard.