NIGHTGUARD & MOUTH GUARDS
Protecting the Long-term Health of Your Teeth
While dental technology has come a very long way, there isn’t a way to replicate all of the benefits of your natural teeth. Your natural teeth are the only teeth you’ll ever have. So why not protect them?
If your child plays sports or other similar activities, mouth guards are a great way to protect their teeth from potential injury. They are easy to clean, come in many color combinations, and are custom made to fit comfortably in your child’s mouth.
Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but don’t remember when the injury occurred, probably damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a nightguard, which protects your teeth from grinding and clenching in your sleep. Our team takes great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Do you also suffer from headaches? If so, you may find that a side benefit of your nightguard is headache prevention. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask our team about having a nightguard custom created just for you.
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Q: My teeth keep chipping and cracking. What causes this?
That is a sign of nighttime grinding and clenching. Stress can be a major trigger for bruxism, also known as grinding. So for some, it is an occasional issue that resolves itself seemingly for no reason only to return once again out of the blue. Other symptoms include frequent headaches and neck and shoulder pain.
Q: Wouldn’t a sports mouth guard work just as well as a nightguard?
A custom-fitted nightguard is specifically designed to withstand the intense pressure caused by grinding. The jaw is covered by powerful muscles that can exert serious force. A regular mouth guard you pick up at a supermarket is less likely to be designed to fit your mouth precisely enough to protect your teeth fully and stand up to the pressure.
Q: Why do I need a custom-made mouth guard for sports?
Again, custom means that the mouth guard will fit the exact shape of your mouth. This is critical to keeping your teeth and mouth free from serious injury in a sports-related incident.
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