Mouth Guards An Overview
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.