Mouth guards, clear aligners, retainers

Mouth Guards

A mouth guard is a dental appliance custom-fit to a patient’s teeth. Mouth guards serve varying purposes and may be recommended for use in patients of all ages. It is important that bite guards be professionally fit, rather than purchased over the counter, as this ensures maximum comfort and protection during wear. Professional mouth guards are usually prepared in a dental lab using an oral impression taken in a dentist’s office. These appliances are created uniquely to each patient to prevent discomfort, or inadequate protection. There are many reasons why a dentist would prescribe a mouth guard to a patient. They include:

  • To protect the teeth, tongue and cheeks during sports and high-impact activities (Sports guards)
  • To protect the teeth from nighttime grinding or clenching (Night guards)

Did you know?

Caring for a mouth guard is simple. You’ll need to rinse it before and after every usage with a soft-bristled toothbrush, toothpaste and cold water. From time to time, cleanse it with cold water and a mild soap. When not in use, store your mouth guard in a hard, ventilated container and keep it away from hot temperatures that could cause your guard to warp, as well as pets.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a mouth guard?

You should be fit for a custom sports guard if you participate in sports or activities that put your oral health at risk. These guidelines also apply to children, who often play sports like football or participate in activities like martial arts, which can cause tooth-related injuries.

You may need a night guard if your dentist diagnoses you with bruxism (tooth grinding), or clenching. Over time, grinding or clenching the teeth can lead to wear, sensitivity and irreversible damage. Sleeping with anight guard can protect the teeth from these unwanted side effects.

What should I expect when being fit for a dental mouth guard?

Being fit for a mouth guard is simple. You’ll visit your dentist, who will take impressions of your teeth and send it off to a dental laboratory. The lab will carefully construct a durable and comfortable new mouth guard customized to your bite.  At your second visit, Dr. Bellusci or Dr. Chow will ask you to try the mouth guard, and will make additional adjustments so that it fits well before you leave with it.

Will I need to return to my dentist after getting my new night guard?

Yes. Although custom night guards are made of durable materials and designed to last through many uses, they do need to be replaced from time to time. Keep an eye on your night guard, checking it frequently for wear. Also, bring it with you to your regular dental cleanings and check-ups for a professional inspection. Be sure to tell your dentist if your night guard no longer offers an optimal fit or if it has become uncomfortable to wear.

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