How Mouth Guards Can Help Protect Your Teeth

Whether you’re engaged in an active lifestyle or are experiencing complications from clenching and grinding your teeth, mouth guards can help. No amount of dental hygiene can protect your teeth from impacts experienced on the court or from the damage caused by symptoms of Bruxism. Communicating with your dentist can help you determine if mouth guards are appropriate for protecting your teeth and which ones may be best suited. Below we touch on the various forms of mouth guards and how they can protect your smile.

What Defines A Mouth Guard?

Mouthguards come in a plethora of styles and designs, but all of them serve the same purpose. They provide a protective and absorbent layer between your teeth that reduce impact damage and prevent the effects of grinding your teeth. There are varieties that only cover your upper teeth and others that cover both. Some styles will hold your mouth slightly open, while others help you maintain a generally natural closure of your mouth. In addition to the general sports mouth guards, there are special designs for handling Bruxism.

  • Stock Mouth Protectors – One of the most frequently selected among patients looking for a low-cost solution, stock mouth guards are not without their problems. While there is a variety of sizes, colors, and designs to choose from, they all share the same problem. They are ‘stock’ and unable to be changed or fitted to the individual. Like with most items of this nature, this results in a ‘one-size-fits no one’ situation. They tend to be uncomfortable and can make breathing or speaking difficult.

  • Boil and Bite Mouth Protectors – The outstanding feature of these mouthguards is right there on the tin. These offer some mild degree of customization through their boil-and-bite design, which involves boiling them to soften the guard and then biting down on them while they cool. This results in a mildly customized piece of gear that offers a reasonable degree of protection.

  • Custom Guards – These are the most costly of all the mouth guards, and rightly so. In addition to being custom-designed from a mold of your mouth, they are made of high-quality materials. The result is a light-weight, durable, and effective piece that’s easy to both breathe and speak around. This makes them the most popular choice for those looking for serious protection.

Is A Mouth Guard Necessary For Me?

Athletic activity is far and away the most common reason that someone would need a mouth guard, but it doesn’t end there. Medical conditions like Bruxism that involve the clenching and grinding of teeth can cause serious damage without some form of protection. Mouthguards offer this protection. Don’t put your dental health at risk while maintaining an active lifestyle; take the time to invest in a mouth guard that will keep your smile looking great! Patients experiencing concerns like Bruxism should speak to their dentist to be advised on the styles and designs that will best protect their smile while treatment continues.

Alireza Movassaghi, D.D.S and Other Dentist Dr. Alireza Movassaghi brings 30 years of experience to the practice at Alvarado Family Dental Center. As a graduate of the USC School of Dentistry, he works tirelessly to expand access to dental care throughout the Los Angeles area. Along with his passion for expert dental care, he exhibits a love of soccer and beautiful cars.
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