Whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury. If you participate in any kind of full-contact sport, the American Dental Association recommends that you wear a mouthguard.
Choosing the right mouthguard is critical. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a mouthguard custom-made by your dentist. When you choose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable, appropriately sized for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and that allows you to breathe properly. Your dentist can show you how to wear a mouthguard correctly to protect your smile.
If you often wake up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches — or if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth — you may have a common condition called “bruxism.” Many people are unaware that they grind their teeth, as it often occurs while they are sleeping. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, or even tooth loss.
There is a non-invasive treatment for bruxism: nightguards. Nightguards are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding causes over time. Custom-made by your dentist from soft material to comfortably fit your teeth, a nightguard is inserted over your top or bottom arch and prevents contact with the opposing teeth.