Mouthgaurds and Nightgaurds
Whether you wear braces or not, protecting your mouth while playing sports is important. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury. If you participate in any kind of full-contact sport, the American Dental Association recommends that you wear a mouthguard.
Choosing the right mouthguard is important.
There are a few different types of mouthguards: the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard from your dentist.
When you choose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable and well-fitted for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and does not prevent you from breathing properly. Your dentist can show you how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right mouthguard to protect your mouth.
If you often wake up with jaw pain, earaches, headaches, or if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, you may talk to your dentist about a Nightguard. Many people do not even know that they grind their teeth, as it often occurs while sleeping. If not corrected it can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, or even tooth loss.
Nightguards are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding causes over time. Custom-made by a lab from soft material to fit your teeth, a nightguard is inserted over your top or bottom arch and prevents contact with the opposing teeth.