Mouth Guards For Sports & Sleep
At Seycove Dental, our mouth guards are custom made from a lightweight material that is both comfortable and effective and can be easily inserted and removed when needed. They do not interfere with your regular breathing or speaking
A mouth guard should be considered an essential piece of equipment for every athlete who participates in contact sports and activities — adults and children both. A mouth guard cushions the blow when you are hit and can help prevent serious injuries that may result in a lifetime of oral health problems.
Mouth Guards can also be worn to prevent damage from a disorder that causes you to unknowingly clench and grind your teeth while you are asleep. This disorder is called bruxism and leaving it untreated can result in teeth fractures, breakages, headaches, and jaw pain.
Custom-Fitted Mouth Guards
Unlike store-bought mouth guards, 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 increased protection and comfort to your teeth and mouth during sports or sleep.
Mouth Guard FAQS
Read frequently asked questions about mouth guards available at Seycove Dental.
Is a mouth guard comfortable to wear?
Our mouth guards are custom made from a lightweight material that is both comfortable and effective and can be easily inserted and removed when needed.
They do not interfere with your regular breathing or speaking.
What types of mouth guards are there?
There are three types of mouth guards:
1. Stock mouth protectors - These 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.
2. Boil and bite mouth protectors - These 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.
3. Custom-fitted mouth guards - These 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.
Why are mouth guards important in sports?
There are several reasons why wearing a mouthguard when playing sports is important.
First, mouth guards are designed to protect against displacing teeth as they help distribute force over all of your teeth, which prevents one, or two, teeth from bearing the brunt of the blow.
They can also help to protect against injuries to soft tissues and prevent jaw and teeth fractures.
And, ultimately, mouth guards may help prevent concussions as the padding could lessen the force between the upper and lower rows of teeth and lessen the force of the jaw as it pushes on the skull.
Can a mouth guard help with TMJ disorder?
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.