Mouthguards in Boca Raton
Mouthguards are made with high-quality, flexible plastic.
A mouthguard is a custom-fitted oral appliance that is used for both protective and therapeutic reasons. They are worn to protect the mouth—either from trauma while engaging in contact sports or from damage caused by grinding of the teeth during sleep. Mouthguards are also used in therapeutic treatment of TMJ disorders.
Our doctors will analyze your particular issues and explain how you can benefit from wearing a protective or therapeutic mouthguard. The doctor will take an impression of your teeth and form a high-quality, flexible plastic mouthguard that fits your mouth perfectly.
Mouthguards are important for protecting your teeth during sports activities.
Protecting Your Smile in Action
A sports mouthguard is a custom-made oral appliance that is worn during sports or other activities that can present a potential for trauma to the teeth, lips, cheeks, tongue and jaw. A mouthguard can be helpful for activities such as:
- Boxing and wrestling
- Football, basketball or soccer
- Martial arts
- Skateboarding or surfing
- Gymnastics and acrobatics
- Racquetball or handball
Mouthguards can be especially useful for those who wear braces, dentures or partial dentures, or who have restorations such crowns or veneers on their front teeth.
A mouthguard worn during sleep protects your teeth from the effects of grinding.
Protecting Your Smile While You Sleep
Some people habitually grind or clench their teeth during sleep—a condition known as bruxism. The excessive forces involved can be very harmful to the teeth, especially over a period of months or longer. A night mouthguard, also called a nightguard, worn during sleep will help protect your teeth from damage caused by grinding.
Some of the Possible Effects of Teeth Grinding Are as Follows:
- Wears down the surfaces of the teeth, damaging the enamel
- Causes tooth sensitivity
- Can lead to gum disease
- Eventually destroys dental restorations such as veneers and crowns
- Creates notches in the teeth
- Causes jaw pain and headaches
Grinding can be a result of stress, but can even be caused by a misaligned bite! Our doctors use a high-tech diagnostic tool called a T-scan® to evaluate your bite and plan a remedy. Often, this involves a comfortable nightguard that is worn while you sleep and helps even out your bite.
If you believe that you grind your teeth while sleeping, or if you awaken with clenched jaws or a sore jaw joint, we can help. Make an appointment and our doctors will check you for bruxism or a misaligned bite.