Mouth Guards

Mouth Guards Coral Gables, FL

If you frequently wake up with a sore jaw, Teeth grinding at night or Bruxism, constant headaches, damaged teeth and jaw pain. Then you realize that you most likely need a mouth guard. Our custom fit Night Guard is scientifically designed to relieve pain and discomfort of night grinding, leaving you freedom to breathe, talk and drink naturally.. For more information call our office at (305) 548-8690 to find more about our Dental Mouth guards and our excellent financing terms.

What is a Mouth-Guard - Coral Gables, Florida

A Mouth Guard is a protective removable custom-fitted plastic or acrylic appliance that fits between the Upper & Lower teeth and gums, To Prevent and reduce injuries to the teeth, arches, lips and gums.

Types of Mouth-Guards

  • Stock mouth protectors: are preformed and come ready to wear. However, little can be done to adjust their fit, they are bulky, make breathing and talking difficult, and they provide little or no protection.
  • Boil and bite mouth protectors: also can be bought at many sporting goods stores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. The "boil and bite" mouth guard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure.
  • Custom-fitted mouth protectors: are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist's instructions. First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and protection.

Generally, mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw), your dentist will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Your dentist can suggest the best mouth guard for you. An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.

Use of Mouth-Guards

A mouth guard is commonly used for the following:
Generally, mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw), your dentist will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Your dentist can suggest the best mouth guard for you. An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.

Types of Mouth-Guards

  • Contact sports
  • Treatment for bruxism
  • Treatmemt for TMD
  • As part of certain dental procedures (tooth bleaching or sleep apnea).

How Do Custom Dental Night Guards Work?

The guard is inserted into the mouth and covers the upper teeth.  The dental night guard should not be bulky, making it possible to sleep without being uncomfortable or having your breathing obstructed. The material cushions your teeth, which prevents them from grinding against one another.

Mouthguards Aftercare

A custom night guard is worn daily and like any personal care item, it requires regular cleaning to prevent damage to the appliance and growth of bacteria. Proper care and maintenance of your custom night guard will keep it in good shape for a long time, saving you time and money.

Cleaning Your Custom Night Guard

In the morning, following each use, clean your night guard with a toothbrush and toothpaste. When not in use, store your night guard in cold tap water. Be sure to change the water daily.  This will help fight against bacterial growth. Avoid using any cleaner that contains alcohol as an ingredient as it can drastically shorten the lifespan of the appliance. For a deeper cleaning (one time per week) you can clean your guard with a denture cleaning tablet.

When traveling be sure to dry the night guard completely before placing it in its container. It's just as important to care for your night guard's storage case as it is your night guard. Placing a clean night guard into a case that hasn't been cleaned in quite some time will contaminate the night guard and could lead to illness or an oral infection. Wash your case out well with soap and hot water before use. Rinse it and allow it to dry before you place your night guard into it.

Checking Your Custom Night Guard

Check your night guard weekly for any damage.  Night guards are made to be durable, but over time, the grinding and or clenching will take its toll. The good news is that the damage is being done to the night guard, which can be replaced, instead of your teeth.

Take your custom night guard with you to your regular dental checkups so your dentist can also give it a more thorough examination and make sure that it is working well. Your dentist can also give you additional advice on caring for your night guard. If you find any damage on your night guard, it's time to purchase a new one. Don't use a damaged night guard. Depending on the extent of the damage, it's possible for small pieces to dislodge, which could cause injury.

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