As the name suggests, dental mouthguards are used to protect the teeth from damage due to impacts, trauma, as well as unconscious jaw clenching and teeth grinding.
Types of Mouthguards
- Off-the-shelf mouthguards: These can be easily found in sports stores. They come in small, medium, and large sizes. They could be uncomfortable for most people as they are made with standard sizes and may not fit your teeth perfectly.
- “Boil and bite” guards: These can be softened by heat, and when you wear them, you can adjust the fit using your tongue, teeth, and fingers. They are better than their off-the-shelf counterparts, but their coverage is still not perfect.
- Custom mouthguards: A custom mouthguard is fabricated in a dental laboratory by taking an impression of your teeth and then using a lightweight, yet strong material to create the guard. The result is a sturdy, well-fitting piece of equipment that offers great protection for your teeth and is comfortable to wear.
Protection offered by Dental Mouthguards
Bruxism is the medical term for the habit of grinding one’s teeth. You may not even know that you have this habit, as the phenomenon generally occurs while you are asleep. Its occurrence can cause severe headaches, jaw pain, and can even degrade the teeth and eventually cause fractures. A custom dental mouthguard fabricated just for your teeth will help you sleep comfortably and protect the teeth against damage caused by clenching and grinding.
The teeth are prone to sustain damage caused by impact and injury while playing sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and several others. High-quality custom dental mouthguards will protect the teeth from impacts while not interfering with your ability to speak or breathe while you play.