Mouth Guards

Your Smile And Mouth Guards

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If you’ve ever seen anyone who suffered an oral accident or injury, you may be aware that they can be devastating. Even a single blow to the face can knock out several teeth, or lacerate your gums. To prevent these problems from occurring, you may be able to limit the risk with the use of a mouth guard.

Because there are a variety of mouth guards, you should speak with your dentist to determine which one is best for your needs. If you are looking for the most protection and comfort a custom mouth guard is best. A custom mouth guard is made from an impression of your teeth and offer the best protection for your smile. For custom-made mouth guards, visit your dentist. Similarly, boil and bite mouth guards can be made to your dental impression by soaking them in hot water and then biting down into them when they have sufficiently cooled. A third option, stock mouth guards, are pre-formed and ready-to-wear but do not match your teeth and gums well.

To ensure that your mouth guard continues to function effectively, always make sure you store it in a ventilated container so the air can reach it. The risk of contamination is always present, so make sure they are clean. You should rinse it before and after each use. You can clean it with cool, soapy water. If it begins to warp or crack, it will need to be replaced.

If you are in need of a mouth guard, Dr. Muhammad Abey and our team at Wayne Family Orthodontics are here to help you in every way we can. If you would like to set up an appointment for a custom mouth guard, come see us at our dental office in Wayne, New Jersey. Please call us at 973-341-3180 to speak with a member of our team.

Mouth Guard Options for Contact Sports

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Contact sports are a ton of fun to participate in – but they put your teeth at serious risk. Any blow to your head can crack a tooth, or at worse, dislodge it completely from its socket. If you’re regularly participating in contact sports, you need to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth.

Stock mouth guards are your most inexpensive option. Most sporting goods stores carry them. They are designed with a one size fits most mentality. As a result most athletes complain that make it hard to breathe while also fitting loosely in the mouth.

Boil and bite mouth guards tend to cost a little bit more, but offer a tighter fit. After it is warmed in boiling water, you bite down on the material and it firms up once it cools. Many athletes complain that they are bulky and interfere with breathing.

A custom fitted mouth guard, from our office, is the most effective option for protecting your mouth and maintaining easy breathing. These pieces are made from a thermoplastic material that matches your bite pattern. Some research has found that they even can help prevent concussions and certain types of brain injury. With proper care they can last for several years.

If you need a mouth guard, or have any other questions regarding the mouth guard process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office today at 973-341-3180.