Serenity Family Dentistry – Mouth Guards
At Serenity Family Dentistry in Charlotte, we care about keeping your teeth safe.
Mouth guards help to protect your teeth from impact and injuries. They form a protective shield around your teeth that help to absorb the impact to reduce mouth, teeth and jaw injuries. Studies have also shown that mouth guards can help reduce the risk of concussions as they absorb shock to the jaw.
Mouth guards can be custom designed to fit your mouth. From children to adults, mouth guards serve as an extra layer in preventing dental injuries.
Who Should Consider Wearing A Mouth Guard?
Most people associate boxers and football players as the most likely athlete to use a mouth guard. But the American Dental Association also recommends that any athlete in a contact sport wear a mouth guard.
Mouth guards are often required for student-athletes participating in lacrosse, hockey, wrestling, basketball, rugby, soccer, martial arts and much more.
Anyone wearing braces is also encouraged to wear mouth guards to reduce internal abrasions while playing sports. Ask our dentist about your options to have both upper and lower custom guards if you wear braces.
Night guards (also known as bite guards) also protect people who experience bruxism – grinding of the teeth. Teeth grinding usually happens while you are asleep. Aside from wearing down and fracturing the teeth, grinding can also cause earaches and headaches. At Serenity Family Dentistry, we can work with you to find a mouth guard that will act as a barrier and reduce friction between your teeth.
What Type Of Mouth Guard Is Right For You?
Traditionally, mouth guards come in three varieties including:
- Stock version: Ready-to-wear and available in many stores. With a stock version, you are limited to adjusting the fit.
- Boil and bite: These mouth guards have a softer fit and form a better fit to your teeth.
- Custom-fit: Dentists recommend custom-fit mouth guards using a custom mold to create a fit designed just for you.
Caring For Your Mouth Guards Is Easy.
- 1. Use toothpaste to clean your mouth guard.
- When not using your guards, keep them in a case to keep them clean.
- Keep them out of direct heat.
- If you notice signs of wear, then replace.
At Serenity Family Dentistry in Charlotte, we are creating beautiful smiles with a gentle touch.