Mouthguards are special appliances that you wear over your teeth to protect them from damage. Mouthguards are often recommended by our dentist at Summit Denture Clinic, if you play sports that have the potential for injuries, such as soccer, basketball, football, and hockey. Athletes, boxers, and anyone else who’s at risk of getting their teeth knocked out should wear a mouth guard. They’re also recommended if you grind your teeth at night, also known as bruxism.
Mouthguards for Teeth Grinding
If you wake up every day with a headache or sore jaw, there’s a good chance you’re clenching or grinding your teeth at night. Clenching and grinding your teeth can lead to dental damage, including cracking, chipping, and breaking. Your dentist can fit you with a comfortable mouthguard to prevent you from grinding at night.
Mouthguards for Sports
Whether you’re participating in sports or just playing outdoors, wearing a mouthguard is a smart move. That’s because it will protect your teeth from damage during sports activity. Even low-impact sports can cause damage to your teeth if you experience an elbow or blow to the face. For kids and teens, mouthguards are especially important for protecting baby teeth.
The Benefits of Mouthguards
Mouthguards are beneficial for protecting your teeth from injury. When your teeth are damaged, it will affect your confidence. You will notice a change in your speech and your ability to chew. Your teeth may also become sensitive.
Mouthguards are often recommended if you play sports that have the potential for injuries, such as soccer, basketball, football, and hockey. They’re also recommended if you grind your teeth at night, also known as bruxism.
Types of Mouthguards
Custom mouthguards are ideal because your dentist can design them to fit your mouth perfectly. They’re also ideal for athletes who play contact sports, like football or basketball. However, they do require multiple office visits, so they may not be the best choice for people with busy schedules.
Boil and Bite Mouthguards
Boil and bite mouthguards are moldable, which means you can create the ideal mouthguard to fit your unique teeth. The mouthguard can provide you with protection during sports or activities. You can boil the mouthguard in a pot of boiling water to soften it and mold it to your teeth.
Stock mouthguards are pre-molded, ready-to-wear mouthguards. These are made of a thermoplastic material that can be boiled to soften and then placed in the mouth, making them ready to wear. Stock mouthguards come in a variety of colors and sizes, making them versatile.
To know more about the perks of mouthguards, contact Summit Denture Clinic at 130 - 2881 Garden Street, Abbotsford, BC V2T 4X1 , or call (604) 776-2881