Protect Your Teeth in Coral Springs
Whether you are an athlete or casual sports participant, you should wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. If you grind your teeth while you sleep, a bite guard will help reduce symptoms of TMJ. We custom make mouth guards in both soft and hard materials.
Mouth guards are coverings worn over teeth, and often used to protect teeth from injury from teeth grinding and during sports.
Types of Mouth Guards
Choosing the right mouth guard is important. We offer four typess: the pre-made mouth guard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouth guard, the under armour mouth guard, and a custom-made mouth guard. When you choose a mouth guard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, well fitted for your mouth and easy to keep clean. Also make sure it does not prevent you from breathing properly during use. If you wear braces or a retainer, it is imperative for you to wear a mouth guard. Your dentist can show you how to wear one properly and how to choose the right one to protect your smile.
Who Needs a Mouth Guard?
Mouth guards should be used by anyone — both children and adults — who play contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey. However, even those participating in noncontact sports (for example, gymnastics) and any recreational activity (for example, skateboarding, mountain biking) that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard.
There are a number of conditions when a mouth guard is recommended. Some of the most prominent indications for their use include the following:
- With temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and conditions, they may be used to prevent load or stress on the jaws, thus relieving symptoms
- For prevention of attritional wear to the teeth from bruxism
- Mouth guards for snoring are also available
- Used in contact sports which can lead to damage or trauma to the jaws or the face- Here a ‘gumshield’ or ‘sports guard‘ is worn, a different device to that used for grinding.
- Millions of people across the globe are habitual teeth grinders. Night time teeth grinding which is left untreated for a long duration of time, can result in severe tooth-wear. A mouthpiece effectively prevents this wear which occurs due to attrition (basically where the top and bottom teeth bash off each other) resulting from grinding.
How Much Does a Mouth Guard Cost?
Stock mouth guards typically range in cost from $1 to $15 and are available in sporting goods and drug stores. Mouth-formed guards are priced at approximately $2 to $30 and also are available at sporting goods and drug stores. Custom-fitted mouth guards cost between $190 and $900 and are available from a dentist. Most dental insurance plans generally do not cover the cost of mouth guards. Check with your dental insurance company to determine your level of coverage. Either way, a mouth guard is a good investment in your oral health.
For more information about mouth guards and whether one is right for you, contact Denta Smiles today. Call to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist.