Prevention is better than cure. This saying holds true for your dental health as well. At the office of Greenwich Smiles, we strive to offer a wide variety of preventive treatments to help preserve your oral health. One of these comes in the form of custom dental mouth guards.
What is a dental mouth guard?
A mouth guard is an oral appliance that can be worn over the teeth. It protects the teeth against blows and injuries during contact sports and activities. Wearing a mouth guard can help in preventing cracks, chips and fractures to the teeth and can also protect the lips, inner cheeks, gums and even the lower jaw.
Mouth guards are also used to control the effects of bruxism. Bruxism is a condition characterized by the clenching and grinding of one’s teeth, especially while sleeping. The grinding forces can cause damage to the teeth and jaw. Wearing a night guard while sleeping can help prevent this damage.
Why custom mouth guards?
Over-the-counter mouth guards available at sports stores and pharmacies are made in standard sizes and can be uncomfortable to wear. Mouth guards of the boil and bite variety can also lose their fit over time and do not offer the best protection.
A custom dental mouth guard is made according to your fit by taking impressions of the teeth. Our custom-made mouth guards are made using high-quality, lightweight material. They are comfortable to wear and do not interfere with your breathing and speaking. Since they are made to your exact fit, they do not slip or loosen. Wearing a professionally made custom mouth guard can help you prevent injuries and combat the side effects of bruxism.
To learn more about the benefits of custom mouth guards, please give us a call at (203) 542-9333.