Custom-made Mouthguards can serve multiple purposes. They can protect your teeth from sports-related trauma, position your jaw properly to prevent teeth grinding, and more. Dr. O’Malley may recommend a custom mouthguard if you play sports to provide maximum protection. In the event of a collision or fall, your teeth will be protected from damage. We recommend avoiding retail store-bought mouthguards because they are not specifically made for your unique smile. They can actually cause more problems such as tooth soreness, jaw pain, and shifting teeth.
A custom-fit mouthguard is more comfortable than over-the-counter options. It’s made to fit snugly on your teeth or over orthodontics, protecting your investment in your smile. Available for children and adults, a custom sports mouthguard can even improve on-field performance. They can reduce the energy spent clenching the jaw to keep the mouthguard in place.
A quick Simpsonville SC dentist office visit will be necessary to take impressions for the creation of your custom mouthguard.
Mouthguards/Night guards for Teeth Grinding
Dr. O’Malley can create a custom mouthguard in our Simpsonville office to address the symptoms of teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Typically worn at night, a mouthguard will position the jaw to prevent teeth grinding and allow the jaw muscles to relax. Using this custom oral appliance routinely will reduce the risk for damaged teeth. It can help alleviate common symptoms of a TMJ related disorder, including:
- Jaw pain, tired jaws
- Clicking, popping jaw joints
What are custom mouthguards made of?
They are usually made of hard plastic and malleable rubber material. Cheaper alternatives include foam material.
Can a mouthguard change your bite?
No. They do not change your bite alignment. It may feel a little weird having them on at first, but you will get used to wearing them because they are custom made to fit your existing bite. Never eat with your mouthguards still in place, remove them before eating anything to prevent choking.
Are over the counter mouthguards effective?
Sometimes. They may be a quick way to protect your teeth from light use, but we don’t recommend using them for contact sports, or heavy use.
Can you sleep with a mouthguard?
Yes, if it’s specifically made to wear during sleep. Only sleep with a mouthguard in place if your dentist recommends it. Some mouthguards are only meant to be worn a couple of hours.
How long do mouthguards last?
It depends on how much it is used. We typically recommend that you bring your mouthguard in for a checkup at least once a year. Dr. O’Malley will examine the appliance, and let you know if it should be replaced. A good rule of thumb is to have your mouthguard examined by a dentist before the sports season begins.
How should a mouthguard fit?
A mouthguard should not fit too tightly. It should sit snugly over your teeth with no discomfort whatsoever. If it fits too loosely or too tight, it may cause more issues than prevent.
How often should I clean my mouthguard?
Before and after every use. Rinse it with warm water and brush it with your toothbrush. Never use bleach products to clean your mouthguard.
Do mouthguards prevent concussions?
No. Only proper headwear can prevent concussions. Mouthguards only protect your teeth, mouth and jaw.