NIGHTGUARDS AND MOUTHGUARDS
Custom designed mouth guards and night guards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. In children, custom guards may not be appropriate until the permanent teeth are fully erupted, since changes in the growing child would necessitate making a new appliance often. For growing patients, commercially available mouth guards are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth may be hit. Guards also protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Night guards are recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night as a way to protect their teeth and bite. These are also available over-the -counter for younger patients whose dentition is changing.
Custom guards are appropriate for patients whose teeth are stable, and offer a higher level of protection than those available in retail stores. If you have decided a custom guard is right for you, we will take an impression of your teeth which will then be sent to a lab to make a custom fit guard. In most cases you can choose from a variety of colors and styles. On average, guards last between 3 and 10 years.