Mouthguards, or night guards, are preventative dental tools for various situations that can cause injuries to your teeth or gums. Even though the enamel, the protective layer of your teeth, is strong, damage can occur. In this case, you may require a dental guard to protect your teeth. A dentist can recommend a mouthguard or nightguard to correct issues such as teeth grinding or TMD complications. However, the key to success is to wear appliances fitted by the dentist.
Are you looking for custom-made mouthguards or nightguards? At Brian K. Rounds, DDS, we have perfect appliances to protect your teeth.
Reasons You May Need a Mouthguard or a Nightguard
Teeth grinding is a major concern for many people. It can result in migraines and broken teeth. Nothing can affect your smile faster than teeth grinding. Long-term teeth grinding can wear down your enamel, resulting in gum recession and making you susceptible to gum disease. In this case, it is best to visit a dentist as soon as you suspect bruxism. The dentist may perform a dental exam to see whether there is any broken tooth or bite misalignment. After that, the dentist may recommend wearing a nightguard when sleeping.
Another reason why you may need a mouth guard is TMD problems. Jaw pain and joint clicking and popping are some of the symptoms of TMD problems. The temporomandibular joint disorder can occur due to issues such as clenching and teeth misalignment. An effective solution to TMD issues is wearing a custom-made nightguard. It helps your muscles to relax instead of engaging them and clenching your jaw throughout the night.
Wearing a mouthguard during sports can help to protect your teeth. Students who wear mouthguards during sports are less likely to encounter mouth-related sports injuries. A mouth guard features soft absorbing materials that cushion the teeth. Also, if you have braces, you’re more vulnerable to sport-related issues. In this case, it is vital to consider a custom-made mouthguard when engaging in sports. Remember to take your mouthguards for a dental exam so the dentist can inspect them for any signs of wear.
Why Should You Invest In Custom-Made Mouthguards?
Custom-made mouthguards are designed using the impressions of your teeth. They are comfortable to wear and fit perfectly to your jaw and teeth, and provide maximum protection. Every mouth has its unique needs. A generic mouthguard will not offer the same level of protection. A dentist will design a custom-made mouthguard using your specifications. This will provide maximum protection to your teeth and any appliance in your mouth. For instance, if you have implant-supported dentures, braces, or retainers, wearing a mouthguard can be a good way of ensuring protection.
Whether you want to protect your teeth and jaw from impact while playing sports, or you want to correct teeth grinding, a mouthguard is a good solution. A mouthguard means having strong, healthy teeth and good oral health.
For more information about custom-made mouthguards and nightguards, visit our office at Brian K. Rounds, DDS or call us at (360) 764-5236.