At Elan Dental, we offer top quality athletic mouthguards and protective night guards to shield your teeth from impact or bruxism.
Mouthguards and Night Guards
A mouthguard is essential for every athlete in a contact sport and physical activities, regardless of age. A mouthguard softens impacts and can prevent serious injuries that could cause expensive and painful oral health issues. Our mouthguards are custom-made from lightweight materials ensuring they are comfortable and effective. They do not interfere with your regular breathing or speaking.
Night guards are similar to mouthguards but are worn while sleeping to prevent damage caused by bruxism. Bruxism is a disorder that can cause people to unknowingly clench and grind their teeth while asleep. Untreated it can result in teeth fractures, breakages, headaches, and jaw pain.
What types of dental mouthguards exist?
There are three types of mouthguards:
- Stock mouth protectors come ready to wear, are inexpensive, and can be bought at most sporting goods stores. However, breathing and speaking tend to be difficult due to their bulky nature. They also offer limited protection, and their fit cannot be adjusted.
- Boil and bite mouth protectors can also be bought at most sporting goods stores and offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. This mouthguard is placed in hot water to soften and then fitted in the mouth to shape around the teeth. The same issues that affect stock mouth protectors carry over to boil and bite mouthguards.
- Custom-fitted mouthguards are designed individually and made in the dental office based on your dentist’s instructions. Your dentists will first make an impression on your teeth and then mold the mouth guard over the model. This type of mouthguard provides the most protection and comfort. With professional oversight, your dentist can also ensure that your mouth guard will not harm your teeth or negatively affect your bite.
Why are mouthguards important for athletes?
There are many reasons why wearing a mouthguard when playing sports is important. First, mouthguards protect against displacing teeth as they help distribute force over all of your teeth, preventing one or two teeth from taking all the force of an impact. They can also protect against injuries to soft tissue such as your tongue and gums, as well as prevent jaw and tooth fractures. Ultimately, mouthguards may help prevent concussions as the padding lessens the force between the upper and lower rows of teeth and lessens the force of the jaw as it pushes on the skull.
Need a Mouthguard?
If you have more questions about mouthguards and night guards, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.