Mouth guards and night guards are used for a variety of reasons from protecting teeth during sports activities to treating teeth grinding, snoring, or TMJ disorders. Dr. Jolanda Warren offers custom made night guards and mouth guards that are designed to fit the exact shape and contour of your teeth.request an appointment
Do You Need a Mouth Guard or Night Guard?
Sports Mouth Guards
Sports mouth guards protect teeth during sports or other physical activity. The mouth guard 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.
For people who snore or have sleep apnea, a mouth guard or night guard can be useful to help alleviate their symptoms. The snore guards works by repositioning the tongue and soft tissues in the mouth to keep the airway open and prevent snoring.
Night Guard for Teeth Grinding
As the name indicates, night guards, are designed to be worn during sleep. Night guards help 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.
Dr. Warren will help you decide if a mouth guard or night guard is right for you. The dentist will take an impression of you teeth which will be used to create a custom fit guard. You may be able to choose from a variety of colors and styles.
Most mouth guards and night guards last between 3 to 10 years. For younger patients, guards may need to be replaced more frequently to accommodate the growth of new teeth.