Types of Mouthguards
There are three basic types of mouthguards. While they all have the same basic idea – to protect your teeth – there are some differences between them that you should understand.
What does a Mouthguard do?
Mouthguards are typically only designed to fit on the top teeth as this usually provides enough protection to keep you from grinding or harming your lower teeth. But there are some situations in which your dentist may also design a mouthguard for your lower teeth. These are often used for patients who have braces or other dental appliances and require additional protection. You should work closely with your dentist to identify which option is best for you.
When you receive your mouthguard(s), be sure to check their fit. A mouthguard should be placed easily, be comfortable to wear, and shouldn’t restrict your breathing or speech. In addition, mouthguards should be tear-resistant, easy to clean and durable.
Patients who need Mouthguards.
Mouthguards are not appropriate for every person, but dentists see too many patients who should be using mouthguards and are not, and it is essential to understand when you should consider using a mouthguard. Children or adults who are involved in sports like football, hockey, boxing, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, skiing, gymnastics, skateboarding or other sports should seriously consider mouthguards.
In addition to athletes, patients who grind their teeth at night should consider a mouthguard, bite plate, or bite splint to protect their teeth from wear and degradation. Finally, patients who have dental devices like braces and are experiencing rubbing or rawness on their lips or gums may also consider mouthguards as an option.
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