What is a mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a soft or hard layer of plastic worn between the teeth when sleeping or playing contact sports. Custom made in the office, they fit much better than the over the counter generic fit mouthguards commonly bought at sporting goods stores or the local drug store.
Material type is determined by individual needs and severity of the problem.
Why wear a mouthguard?
Nightguards protect teeth from clenching or grinding while asleep. Also known as bruxism, this can take a heavy toll on teeth over a lifetime. Left untreated, it will cause premature wear, sensitivity, and broken teeth. Symptoms include headaches, tightness in the face, and a sore jaw. Typically these are most prevalent first thing in the morning. A nightguard covers either the upper or lower teeth, placing a cushion between the teeth and protecting them from the abnormal forces created by nighttime grinding.
Sports mouthguards are custom made to cover and protect teeth and lips from blows to the head or face. They act as shock absorbers, helping prevent broken teeth and split lips.