A mouth guard is a custom-fit dental appliance that reduces the risk of injury to teeth. We recommend professionally fitted mouth guards, rather than those purchased over the counter. These appliances are created uniquely to each patient to prevent discomfort, or inadequate protection.
Did you know?
There are several reasons why a dentist would prescribe a mouth guard. They include:
- protecting teeth during sports and high-impact activities (Sports guard)
- protecting teeth from the effects of grinding or clenching during nighttime (Night guard)
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a SPORTS 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 participate in sports that can cause tooth-related injuries, such as football, basketball, soccer, martial arts, etc.
DO I NEED A NIGHT GUARD?
You may need a night guard if your dentist diagnoses you with bruxism (tooth grinding), or clenching. Over time, teeth wear from grinding or clenching during sleep can lead to sensitivity and irreversible damage. Using a night guard can reduce the rate your teeth are wearing down.
What is the process for being fitTED for a dental mouth guard?
Your dental team will take impressions of your teeth and send it to a dental laboratory, which will construct a durable and comfortable new mouth guard customized to your bite. At your second visit, you will try in the mouth guard, and Dr. Bellusci or Dr. Chow will make additional adjustments if necessary to ensure a good fit.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY MOUTH GUARD?
Caring for a mouth guard is simple. You’ll need to rinse and brush it after every usage with a soft-bristled toothbrush, toothpaste/mild soap and cold water. When not in use, store your mouth guard in a hard, ventilated container provided by the dentist. Keep mouth guards away from hot temperatures to prevent warping. Also keep them away from pets!
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.
Do I need to bring my mouth guard to future dental appointments?
We suggest that. Inform your dentist if your night guard no longer has the optimum fit, shows a lot of wear, or creates discomfort when worn. Sometimes, it may just be a matter of slight adjustments for a better fit.