Dental mouth guards are recommended for many patients, especially those who suffer from bruxism and those who play sports. These types of appliances are worn over your teeth and they will work to protect the teeth from any damage. The most common reason people choose mouth guards is because of sports. If you need a mouth guard, it is important that you speak with Dr. Bien about them. At our Fremont office, we offer custom fit mouth guards to ensure your teeth are always protected.
When to comes to a mouth guard, you always need to make sure that you choose one that meets your needs and fits your mouth. Dr. Bien will be able to make sure that you receive the perfect mouth guard. When it comes to the types of mouth guards available, there are three main ones that you can find.
Stock Mouth Guards
Stock mouth guards are ones that are NOT customized to fit your mouth. These are a pre-made option and they are the cheapest option available too. You can find them in any big box store and they do not provide as much protection as you need for your teeth. These guards cannot be adjusted to fit in every mouth, so they may or may not work for you. Sometimes, patients think this is the only option available, so they choose it and find that they are not as protected as they wanted. These guards are an okay option if you need something fast and they will at least provide some protection to you, however, they should not be relied on.
Boil and Bite Mouth Guards
Boil and bite mouth guards are another option available to you and they can be purchased at any box store or sports store. This option is a step up from the stock option, but it is still not as good as a custom option. Boil and bite guards are somewhat customized to your mouth. The premise behind this option is that you boil the mouth guard and then bite down on it to help shape it to your teeth. This allows the guard to mold better to your teeth. This is a good option if you are in a rush and want more protection than a stock option.
Custom Mouth Guards
Custom mouth guards are the best option and Dr. Bien relies on them for all patients. These guards are made in a lab based on an impression taken of your teeth. Dr. Bien makes the impression and then sends it off to be made. Once it is made, you will come back into our office to be fitted for it. This type of mouth guard is more expensive, but it offers the most personalized protection available.
How Your Mouth Guard Will Fit
Mouth guards are designed to cover and fit over the top row of teeth in your mouth. It is possible to get an entire mouth guard set, but only the front teeth truly need to be protection. Your mouth guard should never be uncomfortable when it is in your mouth and they are easy to clean, but do not restrict your ability to swallow, breathe, or speak.
Mouth guards are often used for patients who suffer from bruxism, which is the clenching or grinding of teeth. This often happens at night, but can happen any time. These types of mouth guards are usually specially designed and they work to protect against any tooth damage that may occur from the clenching and grinding.
Do Mouth Guards Need to Be Worn for Sports?
Yes. Accidents can always happen and they often do happen when children and adults play them. Some of the sports that you should wear a mouth guard to play include:
- Ice hockey
- Field hockey
Of course, those are not the only sports you should wear a mouth guard with and you should wear them whenever you play any sport such as biking, skateboarding, gymnastics, and other high-intensity activities. A good piece of advice that Dr. Bien wants to share with you is that if you think you need to have a moth guard in your mouth, you do, so put it in.
How to Care Properly for a Mouth Guard
A mouth guard does need to be taken care of. If you do not take care of it, it will not provide you with the protection you need and even though you wear it, you may damage your teeth in a s ports related accident. To care for your mouth guard, you should always remove it from your mouth once you are done with it and rinse it off under cool water. Once rinsed, you should then brush it with soap to ensure it is completely cleaned and all dirt and debris is removed from it. Rinse the mouth guard off in soapy water and then again in clean, cool water. You should then allow the guard to dry and place it in an air-circulating container.
You do NOT want to boil your mouth guard or place it under hot water, as this can weaken the material and make it pliable, which will then alter the fit of it. You do need to take care of your mouth guard to ensure that it works for you when you need it to.
Greenhills Dental is Here for You
If you need dental care or you have a question or two about dental mouth guards, you should call Greenhills Dental care in Fremont now. Dr. Bien will provide you with the information you need about mouth guards and help you choose the best one for your needs. We offer custom made guards to ensure that they fit and protect the way that they are supposed to.
If you would like to discuss your options with us, contact our office now to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bien. We want to see you smile as bright as possible.