NIGHT GUARDS & SPORT GUARDS
About one in three people suffer from bruxism, which is the grinding or clenching of teeth. Bruxism can lead to worn or cracked teeth, jaw or facial pain, and increased tooth sensitivity. For many people with bruxism a nightguard can help.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
A nightguard is similar to a sportsguard, but with thinner material on the front and back of the teeth for increased comfort. The material across the biting surface is thicker to help cushion the teeth and reduce damage from grinding or clenching.
Your dentist can create a custom nightguard for you. An impression is taken of your teeth and gums which is used to mold your custom nightguard from a malleable plastic. Your dentist will then fit your nightguard for you and make any adjustments to ensure it is comfortable and fits appropriately.
MOUTH GUARDS (SPORTS GUARDS)
Mouthguards, also known as sportsguards, are designed to protect your teeth, tongue, lips, and check lining from injury in the event of a facial impact. Many sports require the use of mouthguards.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Although you can buy a mouthguard over the counter, most dentists agree that a custom-fit mouthguard will be more comfortable and will provide better protection.
Most people wear only an upper mouthguard, but your dentist may recommend a full mouthguard if you have braces or a bridge to give you better protection.
Your dentist can create a mouthguard that is customized for you. The process is simple – first, an impression is taken of your teeth and gums. That impression is used to mold your custom mouthguard from a malleable plastic (available in a variety of colors and color combinations). Your dentist will then fit your mouthguard and make any adjustments to ensure it is comfortable and fits appropriately.
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