You have a habit of grinding and clenching your teeth or even have a painful TMJ disorder. Perhaps, you love to go mountain biking or are involved in other sports.
Mouth guards are dental devices that fit over your teeth to protect your teeth and gums from damage or move your jaw to relieve pain, snoring, or sleep apnea.
The best mouth guard for you depends on your particular needs.
At your first visit for a custom mouth guard you have digital x-rays made, if needed. The dentist examines your teeth and how well you open your mouth and close your mouth. Then the dentist makes impressions of your upper and lower teeth using a mold to create a model of your teeth. Many guards are clear mouth guards, but you may be able to ask for colors or even sparkles if you want a cool mouthguard.
After your dentist creates a custom mouth guard for your teeth, you’ll return to the dental office to have your fitting. Once you and your dentist are satisfied that it fits well and doesn’t cause any breathing issues, you get instructions about how to clean your mouth guard. Then you are all set to play sports more safely or have a great night’s sleep!