Custom Mouth Guards
at Hale Wellness Dental Studio
Wearing one can help protect your teeth from damage caused by clenching and grinding.
Custom Mouth Guards
A dental mouth guard is a device worn over the teeth to protect them from damage. Dental mouthguards use various materials, including latex, silicone, vinyl, and other plastics. They come in multiple sizes and shapes and can be customized to fit your mouth.
People typically wear sports mouthguards during activities where there is a risk of a mouth injury or dental injury. However, you can also wear them at night to prevent bruxism or clenching. Typically, these mouthguards are called nightguards. A dental nightguard is similar to an athletic mouthguard but designed for you to wear at night. They are often made from more rigid materials, as they need to withstand the constant grinding of your teeth during sleep.
What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism or teeth grinding is a condition in which you unconsciously clench your teeth or grind them back and forth. It can happen during the day or at night, and it can cause a great deal of discomfort. It can even damage your teeth, gums, and jaw.
Several things can cause bruxism, including stress, anxiety, misaligned teeth, and sleep disorders. If you think you grind your teeth, you should see your doctor or dentist so they can rule out any other potential causes and help you find a treatment plan that works for you.
In the meantime, you can do a few things to help ease the symptoms of bruxism. Avoiding foods that are hard to chew, such as candy or nuts, can help prevent damage to your teeth. Wearing a custom mouth guard at night can also protect your mouth from the damage of nighttime teeth grinding. And relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation, can help reduce the stress and anxiety that may be causing your bruxism.
There are several different types of dental mouthguards available. Your dentist can help you choose the best one for your needs.
How Do Guards Help?
Mouthguards and dental nightguards are both designed to protect your teeth from damage.
They work by cushioning your teeth and jaw and absorbing the impact of any blows to the face.
Mouthguards are usually made from soft, flexible materials that mould to the shape of your teeth.
They can be custom-made by a dentist or bought.
Do You Need a Nightguard?
There are a few different ways to tell if you need to wear a dental nightguard. If you find that you’re clenching or grinding your teeth during the day, that’s one way to know. You might also notice that your jaw feels tight or sore when you wake up.
You should talk to your dentist about getting a nightguard if you have any of these symptoms. Wearing one can help protect your teeth from damage caused by clenching and grinding. It can also help relieve some of the pain and discomfort you may be feeling in your jaw.
How Does a Dentist Diagnose Bruxism?
A dentist will usually diagnose bruxism by looking for the signs and symptoms of the condition. The most common symptom of bruxism is teeth grinding or clenching, which others can often hear. Other symptoms include jaw pain, headaches, and earache. In some cases, a person with bruxism may not have any symptoms.
If a dentist suspects a person has bruxism, they will usually ask about their medical history and perform a physical examination of the mouth and jaw muscle. They may also order X-rays or other imaging tests to better look at the teeth and jaws.
Treating bruxism may not be necessary if the person has no symptoms. However, if bruxism is causing pain or other problems, several treatment options are available. Treatment options include mouthguards, behavioural therapy, and medication. In some cases, oral surgery may be necessary to correct the problem.
If you’re unsure whether you need to wear a nightguard, your dentist can help you make that decision. She will be able to look at your teeth and see if there is any damage from grinding. She may also ask you questions about your symptoms and how often you experience them.
Once you’ve decided that you need to wear a nightguard, the next step is to choose the right one. There are many different nightguards available, so it’s essential to find one that will work well for you. Your dentist can help you select the best nightguard for your needs, fit the mouth guard precisely, and provide information and expertise about using your mouthguard.
Custom Mouth Guards
There are a few things you should consider when choosing a dental mouthguard.
First, you must decide what material you want the mouthguard to be. Two main types of materials used to make mouthguards are latex and silicone. Latex is the cheaper of the two options, but it can cause allergic reactions in some people. Silicone is more expensive but is also hypoallergenic and will not cause any reactions.
Next, you need to decide what size mouthguard you need. Mouthguards come in various sizes, so you should measure your mouth before choosing a size. You also need to ensure that the mouth guard you select will fit snugly against your teeth so that it does not move around when wearing it.
Finally, it would be best to decide what level of protection your mouthguard needs. Mouthguards can provide either high or low levels of protection. High-level protection is necessary if you participate in a contact sport. Low-level protection is sufficient for most other activities.
Once you have considered all of these factors, you should be able to choose the dental mouthguard that is right for you. There are many different brands of mouthguards. ProForm is one of the best. To learn more, call Hale Wellness Dental Studio today.