Oral appliances are generally used to protect the teeth from damage caused by bruxism, or night time grinding. Such appliances are known as night guards and mouthguards. While night guards help protect against constant grinding and clenching, mouthguards are generally used by athletes to help protect the teeth from hard impacts while playing sports.
Although there are differences between both appliances, they are both designed to protect the teeth. Consulting with our Falls Church dentist can help you get the customized care your teeth need for the utmost protection.
What Is A Night Guard?
A night guard is commonly used to protect the teeth while a person sleeps. Patients who are diagnosed with bruxism, a condition which causes individuals to habitually grind and clench their teeth, are often advised to use a night guard in order to avoid major damage to their teeth. Additionally, individuals who struggle with stress or anxiety may also be inclined to clench and grind.
Teeth grinding can have a major impact on the health of your teeth as well as the look of the smile. In fact, grinding and clenching can ruin the tooth enamel and increase dental sensitivity as well as chip or flatten the teeth. Other problems include:
- Irritated gums
- Jaw pain
- Disturbance on partner if grinding is loud
In order to avoid such repercussions, Dr. Dang suggests investing in a custom-made night guard that can help treat your bruxism and allow for proper breathing. In order to get the proper fitting, an impression of your smile will be made and tailored to your specific needs for maximum comfort – resulting in a better night’s sleep.
What Is A Mouthguard?
Much like a night guard, a mouthguard is designed to protect the teeth from damage. However, the protective device differs in the way that it covers the entire gums and teeth in order to reduce major injury to the teeth, gums, and even lips.
Although mouthguards can be found and bought in a variety of stores, it’s often recommended that athletes of every level invest in a custom-made mouthguard. Having your own mouthguard will allow for maximum protection and will limit unnecessary injury. In fact, using store-bought mouthguards can end up causing more harm than good due to the lack of fitting.
If you’re in need of a mouthguard, visit Dr. Dang at Rejuvenation Dental Studio for a custom-made appliance. Dr. Dang will evaluate your mouth, make a dental impression, and send it off to the lab for fabrication. With our in-depth approach to dental care, Dr. Dang is able to help patients preserve their smiles and enjoy lasting oral health.