Chapel Hill Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offers custom sports mouth guards and night guards made of special plastic, molded to fit the exact shape and contour of your teeth. They can be made for children and adults to wear during sports or at night to prevent teeth grinding.
Custom Sports Mouth Guards
Mouth guards are commonly worn during physical activity to protect the teeth from trauma. Sports like boxing, football and basketball often require the participant to wear a mouth guard. The mouth guard also protects not only the teeth from forceful blows, but the soft tissues such as the tongue, lip, or cheek lining, which could be bitten during certain maneuvers.
Teeth Grinding Night Guards
Night guards, as the name indicates, are worn at night while the patient sleeps. These are commonly worn to prevent teeth grinding or teeth clenching. A night guard may be incorporated into a TMJ treatment plan to protect the teeth from damage. The night guard can help to stabilize the bite during sleep and alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorders.
Fitting a custom mouth guard requires a visit to our Chapel Hill dentist office for dental impressions. These will be sent to a lab for the fabrication of your custom fit mouth guard. When it comes to protecting your teeth and dental appliances during contact sports, a custom sports mouthguard provides protection that is far superior to over the counter options.
Studies on athletes have shown that wearing a custom mouthguard can even improve on field performance. The body does not need to waste energy clenching the jaw to keep a mouth guard that is loose or uncomfortable in place. Custom mouthguards are comfortable enough to wear throughout your event and enable you to consume fluids while in place. For young athletes, this means that they are more likely to keep their mouth guard in and protect their growing smile.