Playing sport and want to avoid having your teeth damaged? Grinding your teeth at night? You may want to be fitted for a mouthguard or nightguard.
Why should I use a mouthguard?
A high percentage of sports injuries are dental-related. Athletes can suffer from chipped or broken teeth or even a knocked out tooth. To avoid painful and potentially expensive injuries, athletes should consider using mouthguards to protect your teeth while engaging in sport.
However, it’s not just athletes who benefit from protecting their teeth. Those who clench or grind their teeth in their sleep should consider wearing a nightguard. This can help to avoid any damage to the teeth.
How do mouthguards work?
A custom-fitted mouthguard acts like a shock absorber for your mouth. When you are struck in the face or head, the force can cause your jaw to snap closed, dislodging teeth or causing other damage. A mouthguard spreads the force of the impact over a larger area, consequently reducing injury.
For those who grind or clench their jaws, a nightguard provides an alternative to the wearing forces you exert while sleeping. Instead of grinding your teeth, you grind your night guard, instead. Nightguards also cushion the teeth, thereby preventing damage to your teeth from grinding or clenching actions.
What are the benefits of mouthguards?
While you can purchase mouthguards over the counter, they will not have that perfect, customised fit. This means your teeth won’t have the best protection which you need while playing sport. Mouthguards and nightguards help to protect against any expensive damage that can occur while playing sport or grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep.
How is a custom-fitted mouthguard made?
To create a mouthguard or nightguard that is perfectly fitted to you, we will take a mould of your mouth. This mould is then used to create a plaster cast of your teeth. The mouthguard or nightguard material, either soft, dual laminate or hard acrylic, is then shaped around the mould to form a perfectly-fitting protective barrier. After your guard is made, fine adjustments will be made be sure you have the perfect fit.
How do I care for my mouthguard?
Following each use of your mouthguard or nightguard, clean it well with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Avoid using any cleaner that contains alcohol as an ingredient, as it can drastically shorten the lifespan of the appliance. For a deeper cleaning (one time per week) you can clean your guard with a denture cleaning tablet.
Store your guard in a hard-shelled, perforated case. Be sure to occasionally clean your case, as well, to prevent the growth of bacteria. Be sure to dry your guard completely before placing it in its container.
Custom-made mouthguards mean you will have a guard that is moulded to fit your teeth and is fitted in the dentist’s office. You won’t have to worry about a mouthguard that feels uncomfortable and doesn’t quite fit. Custom-made mouthguards are made to fit your mouth and teeth structure. They don’t even hinder your speaking ability nor impact your breathing. This is the best way to protect your teeth when undertaking a sporting activity or grinding your teeth at night.
Want more information about mouthguards and nightguards? Contact JC Dental today.