Mouth guards are dental devices made out of plastic that are closely adapted to fit over your teeth. A mouth guard protects your teeth, tongue, gums and cheeks from trauma caused by teeth grinding or sports injuries.
Mouth guard is needed if you:
At Modern Denture Clinic, we use a mold (impression) of your teeth to custom-make a mouth guard that comfortably fits your teeth and mouth. Custom-fitted mouth guards provide the best fit and protection. A custom mouth guard will be made specifically for your needs, whether it is for protection from trauma during athletic competition or for use at night if you grind your teeth. A custom guard fitted by us is the highest quality and does the best job at protecting your teeth and mouth by staying in place and providing a comfortable fit.
Benefits of wearing a mouth guard:
Repairing or replacing missing teeth can be costly and painful. Wearing a mouth guard during athletic activities can help you avoid:
How do I care for a mouth guard?
Mouth guards pick up bacteria from your mouth. Be sure to clean the teeth very well before putting a mouth guard in. To clean your mouth guard:
Depending on how frequently you use your mouth guard and how much “wear and tear” it takes, a custom-fitted mouth guards can last several years with proper care. It is recommended that an athletic mouth guard be replaced every 2 to 3 years for adults and every season for children.
Over-the-counter mouth guards aren’t as durable. You may need to replace them every few months. Children and teens may need to replace mouth guards more often as their teeth and mouth grow.
Most mouth guards for sports fit the upper teeth. These teeth stick out more than bottom teeth, putting them at risk for impact. If you have braces, we recommend a lower mouth guard as well.
Mouth guards help protect teeth, braces, dental implants and dental bridges from damage. Custom fitted mouth guards work best. They fit the unique shape of the braces or implants.
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