The Importance of Mouthguards
There are several reasons why mouthguards are crucial in many people’s lives. One of the top reasons is to protect your mouth from injuries during contact sports or active hobbies. Your teeth can become easily damaged by one wrong move, but a custom mouthguard can help keep your smile and oral health intact.
A mouthguard, also referred to as a nightguard or a sports guard, is an appliance used to protect your mouth and teeth from injury or damage. They’re custom-created protective devices designed to fit perfectly over your teeth, allowing you to enjoy an active lifestyle without worrying about dental accidents. We also recommend certain mouthguards for patients suffering from bruxism (teeth grinding) or from snoring.
At Luck Dental Clinic, we enjoy getting to know our patients’ lifestyles. We strive to protect your beautiful smiles and help you maintain pristine oral health. Learn how our professional team can custom-fit you for a mouthguard that works best for your lifestyle and how it’ll provide you with the utmost safety and protection.
How Mouthguards Protect Your Mouth
A custom mouthguard can help protect your teeth, gums, jaw, and other parts of your mouth from damage or dental trauma. They’re essential in protecting patient’s smiles during sporting activities as well as preventing any damage from teeth grinding. A mouthguard is the most effective way to prevent tedious dental work later on and protect your beautiful smile.
While there are one size fits all mouthguards available, they’re often less comfortable and don’t offer as much protection. A custom mouthguard is made specifically for you, ensuring a perfect fit over your teeth for maximum comfort and effectiveness.
If you’re looking for a mouthguard, our Luck dentist can help. We offer custom-made appliances to ensure your smile is protected. We’ll examine your mouth, take high-quality impressions of your teeth, and send them off to a dental laboratory where your custom mouthguard will be created.
Our Mouthguard Options
A sports mouthguard is a sturdy appliance that’s used when you’re playing sports or participating in a physical activity that can potentially damage your teeth or mouth. This custom sports guard can prevent your teeth from being chipped or knocked out as well as damage to your lips and the soft tissue in your mouth.
A nightguard is a comfortable, protective measure for people who grind or clench their teeth while sleeping. This condition, called bruxism, can destroy your smile and threaten the health of your teeth. While the nightguard won’t prevent you from grinding your teeth, it’ll protect you from its harmful effects.
We also may be able to supply you with a nightguard if you suffer from snoring during the night. This oral appliance can gently reposition the teeth when you sleep.
Caring for Your Mouthguard
Taking proper care of your custom mouthguard is crucial to its longevity and your oral health. To get the most out of your appliance, we recommend following a few guidelines:
- Brush and floss your teeth before putting in your mouthguard.
- Rinse your mouthguard with cold water or mouthwash before placing it in your mouth and after taking it out. Avoid using hot water, as this can warp its shape.
- Use a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean it.
- Bring your mouthguard to your dental appointments so we can ensure it fits and functions properly.
- Store your mouthguard in a hard container with ventilation for protection and allow it to dry between uses.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, your nightguard won’t ruin your teeth. In fact, if you suffer from bruxism and don’t use a protective appliance at night, you can seriously damage your smile. Your nightguard will be custom-crafted just for you, ensuring a comfortable fit.
Yes, general mouthguards are available at the store. However, they’re not custom-made. These mouthguards are usually less comfortable and offer less protection than our custom mouthguards.
Even though mouthguards at a store are less expensive, they’re typically one-size-fits-all and inconvenient for most. Our custom appliances will provide you with more protection and a more comfortable fit over general store mouthguards.