Everything you need to know about mouthguards.
If you suffer from teeth grinding and clenching or play a competitive sport, then you have no doubt heard and probably used a protective mouthguard. Mouthguards are devices that are placed on the outer surface of the teeth and serve multiple purposes, but ultimately, their goal is to provide protection for your teeth and mouth and stop habits that could be bad for your oral as well as general health.
Some mouthguards can be ready made and sold online or in a pharmacy or a local convenience store, such as sleep apnea mouth guards. While these can do the trick, they can be quite uncomfortable, and certainly not as effective as a custom mouthguard. All custom mouthguards are made the same way, with minor variations to accommodate their purpose.
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A professionally made sports mouthguard usually ranges in the price of $100 – $260 depending on the type of material used, the workmanship required and the thickness of the mouthguard itself needed to provide the correct amount of protection.
Protects your teeth
Easy to clean
Strong and durable
Quick to make
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There are many types of mouthguards, each with a specific purpose. However, most mouth guards serve to stop a damaging habit (such as teeth grinding and clenching) or alter a condition that could be dangerous to your teeth and health (such as sleep apnea or TMDs)
If worn incorrectly, or are poorly fitting, a hard mouth guard could harm the enamel of your teeth. So if you feel your mouth guard placed or removed with difficulty, see your dentist for adjustments immediately.
Yes, you can, but it can cause staining of the appliance. It is best to use dedicated soaking tablets that dissolve in water. These can be easily purchased from any chemist or grocery store.
Soft mouth guards tend to invite more clenching and grinding, which is why some dentists don’t prefer them and use a hard acrylic mouthguard.
An impression of your teeth is taken (along with a bite registration if needed) and sent to the lab. The lab pours in the impression and mounts it on an articulator to simulate jaw movements. These casts are then used as a basis to form a mouth guard that is custom to the size of your teeth and mouth
Usually about a week or less from start to finish, and even less than that if a digital approach is used.