Our Dentists recommend mouth guards for adults and children
for many different reasons.
You might need one if you:
• Grind or clench your teeth (bruxism).
• Play contact sports such as football, basketball, hockey, soccer or boxing.
• Participate in activities with a high fall risk, such as gymnastics, biking or ice skating.
• Have obstructive sleep apnea.
• Have TMJ disorder.
There are three main types of mouth guards. We can categorize them according to purpose:
1. Mouth guards for sports. These protect your teeth from sports-related injuries. If you play sports like boxing, wrestling, soccer, basketball, hockey or football, mouth guards can greatly reduce your risk for chipped and avulsed (knocked out) teeth.
2. Mouth guards for grinding teeth. These appliances help protect your teeth from the effects of grinding and clenching. They may also reduce the effects of TMJ disorders. You can wear this type of mouth guard any time, night or day. But because most people grind or clench their teeth during sleep, it’s common to wear them at night. (Some people refer to these appliances as night guards.)
3. Snoring and sleep apnea mouth guards. People with chronic snoring or obstructive sleep apnea may benefit from a custom mouth guard. This type of appliance shifts and repositions your jaw to open your airway during sleep.
Take care of yourself and your teeth.
For more information contact us.