The teeth are covered by the hardest substance in the human body - enamel. Though it is highly resistant to wear, chipping, or any form of damage, sudden high impact forces, such as during sports-related accidents, could crack or break them. Other oral conditions, such as bruxism, could result in severe wear of the teeth. If left untreated, the teeth could be worn down to their stubs over a few years, thereby ruining oral aesthetics and hindering the functionality.
What is the solution?
Athletes often wear a sports guard to protect their teeth from damage due to sports-related accidents. The guard enables equal distribution of forces, thus keeping only a few teeth from sustaining damage. Athletes who participate in sports such as football, basketball, hockey, wrestling, martial arts, etc. should ideally use a sports guard for protecting their teeth.
A night guard is used to keep the teeth from undergoing excessive wear due to a dental condition called bruxism. It is a sleep disorder where the patient subconsciously grinds their teeth while asleep. If this condition isn’t treated at the right time, it can lead to various drawbacks, such as TMJ disorder, frequent headaches, severe teeth wear, etc. Hence, we will diagnose your condition and suggest a suitable night-time bruxism guard protect the teeth from wear.
Why choose a customized mouthguard?
Sports guards and night guards can be picked up from your local pharmacy or a sports store. However, in most cases, they will not offer the right fit. The guard could easily slip off from the mouth, apply unwanted pressure on the teeth, or even give rise to a malocclusion. Hence, it is best to get a customized mouth guard to protect your teeth and the surrounding oral tissues. Though it is slightly more expensive than a one-size-fits-all mouth guard, it would be a worthy investment.
We invite you to contact our office today to learn more about mouth guards and night guards. We look forward to caring for your smile!