As an athlete, you need the best gear possible. We offer top quality athletic mouth guards to protect your teeth whenever you practice or compete.
Mouth Guards and Night Guards in Peoria, AZ
What are mouth guards?
A mouth guard is a necessary item for anyone who plays sports or engages in high-contact activities. It protects your mouth from injury and can help prevent long-term oral health problems. Our mouthguards are custom-made from a comfortable and lightweight material that is easy to put in and take out. They do not affect your ability to breathe or speak.
What are night guards?
Night guards are protective appliances worn while sleeping to prevent damage caused by bruxism, which is a disorder where individuals grind and clench their teeth unconsciously throughout the night. Without treatment, bruxism can lead to teeth fractures, breakages, headaches, and jaw pain. Our night guards are custom-made using 3-D printing technology for quick and efficient care.
What are the types of dental mouth guards?
There are three types of mouth guards, which are listed below:
- Stock mouth protectors that come ready to wear. These are inexpensive and can be bought at most sporting goods stores. However, you cannot adjust their fit, they tend to be bulky and sometimes make breathing and talking difficult. Additionally, these types of mouth guards provide minimal protection.
- Boil and bite mouth protectors can also be bought at most sporting goods stores and offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. This type of mouth guard is placed in hot water to soften and then placed in the mouth to shape around the teeth.
- Custom-fitted mouth guards are designed individually and made in the dental office based on your dentist’s instructions. Your dentist will first make an impression of your teeth and then mold the mouth guard over the model. This type of mouth guard provides the most protection and comfort.
What are options for treating TMJ?
TMJ is a disorder that causes pain in your neck and jaw areas, or/and a clicking noise when you open or close your mouth. It can also limit the range of motion in your jaw.
There are several things you can do to help TMJ, including a temporary night guard, avoiding sharp movements with your jaw, icing your jaw to prevent inflammation, modifying your diet to include softer foods that require less chewing, and practicing relaxations and light stretching techniques to reduce tension in your jaw.
Why are mouth guards important in sports?
Wearing a mouth guard during sports is crucial for several reasons. They help to prevent tooth displacement by distributing force evenly across all teeth, reducing the risk of injuries to soft tissue, and preventing jaw and teeth fractures. Additionally, mouth guards can also protect against concussions by reducing the force between the upper and lower rows of teeth and lessening the impact of the jaw on the skull.
Need a Mouth Guard?
If you have more questions about mouth guards and night guards, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.