If you or your child play sports, you need a sports mouthguard. Mouthguards protect teeth and oral appliances like braces from damage. The team at Main Line Family Dentistry creates custom mouthguards for patients in Bryn Mawr, PA. Sports mouthguards provide general dental care because they prevent the teeth and gums from future dental problems. With a properly fitting sports mouthguard, patients can focus on the game without any distractions. Store-bought mouthguards that don’t offer a custom fit, can easily fall out or make it difficult to talk. Patients who wear professional, custom-made mouthguards can easily communicate with their teammates with an oral appliance that stays on their teeth.
Receiving a Custom Mouthguard in Bryn Mawr, PA
To create custom mouthguards, we take dental impressions of our patient’s smiles. We send this impression to a dental lab, where technicians create the mouthguard out of flexible plastic. Once the mouthguard is complete, we make sure that it fits the patient perfectly. One of the best ways to clean your mouthguard is to use a denture or mouthguard cleaner, which dissolves in water. You can also clean the mouthguard with soap and water. Do not use hot water as this can damage or warp the mouthguard. Keep the mouthguard in its ventilated case.
Can Sports Mouthguards Treat TMJ Disorders?
Sports mouthguards and nightguards are not interchangeable. Although many patients may think that mouthguards and nightguards are the same, they are made of different materials to treat contrasting problems. Nightguards benefit patients with TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorders. Teeth clenching and grinding are common TMD symptoms. Wearing a nightguard during sleep keeps the teeth from grinding together and also prevents tooth damage. Sports mouthguards protect the front of the teeth, while nightguards protect the chewing surfaces.
Request a Dental Appointment Today
Do you need a new sports mouthguard for the upcoming season? Call Main Line Family Dentistry at 610.601.2978. You may also schedule a dental consultation with our dental team on our website. If you have further questions or concerns, let us know at your next appointment. Our dentists will be happy to help you get the answers you need.