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Mouth Guard for Braces

Young girl with glasses wearing bracesOrthodontic treatment, especially with traditional metal braces, demands special considerations when it comes to protecting your teeth and braces during physical activities. A mouth guard becomes a crucial accessory to prevent injuries and ensure the success of your orthodontic journey.

Choosing the Right Mouth Guard to Wear with Braces

While every orthodontic patient has their own individualized treatment plan, there are a few general principles that help one determine which kind of mouth guard is best for them.

How to Choose your Mouth Guard

Selecting the appropriate mouth guard involves considering factors such as comfort, protection, and compliance with orthodontic appliances. First, consider the different types of mouth guards:

•  Stock mouth guards come pre-formed and ready to wear but offer limited customization.
•  Boil and bite mouth guards are heated and molded to fit your teeth, providing a better fit than stock mouth guards.
•  Custom-fitted mouth guards are professionally made to fit your unique dental structure, offering superior comfort and protection.

Next, consider your activity level. Low-impact activities may suffice with a stock or boil and bite mouth guard. High-impact or contact sports demand a custom-fitted mouth guard for optimal protection.

Lastly, you want to select a comfortable option. A comfortable sports mouth guard increases the likelihood of consistent use. Custom-fitted options are generally more comfortable, especially for those with dental braces.

Using a Boil and Bite Mouth Guard with Braces

Boil and bite mouth guards are popular for their affordability and moderate customization. When using them with braces, read and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. Boil the mouth guard and allow it to cool slightly before placing it in your mouth.

Adapt the mouth guard to your braces by gently pressing it against your teeth and braces using your fingers and tongue. Ensure a snug fit without putting excessive pressure on the brackets or wires.

Make sure to check the mouth guard periodically for any signs of wear or tear. Adjust the fit if your braces undergo significant changes.

Using Custom-Fitted Mouth Guards With Braces

Custom-fitted mouth guards offer a higher level of protection and comfort, making them ideal for individuals with braces. The process begins by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Raphael Putrus to create a mold of your teeth. The mold is used to craft a mouth guard tailored to your unique dental structure, including braces.

Custom-fitted mouth guards provide an exact fit, ensuring proper coverage of both teeth and braces. They may include additional features like extra cushioning around the braces.

As your braces undergo adjustments, we will have you visit our office to ensure the mouth guard continues to fit properly. Adjustments may include modifications to accommodate changes in tooth alignment.

Mouth Guards for High-Risk Sports

Engaging in high-impact or contact sports requires a robust and reliable mouth guard to protect both your teeth and braces. In these circumstances, we recommend professional-grade, custom-fitted mouth guards. Not only do these provide superior protection, but we can adapt them to changes in your orthodontic treatment.

We also offer mouth guards with multiple layers, including shock-absorbing materials, to minimize the risk of dental injuries. We will schedule regular check-ups to evaluate the fit and effectiveness of your mouth guard. If signs of wear or tear are evident, you will need to replace the mouth guard.

Mouth Guards after Braces

Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, you may still need a mouth guard, especially if you have invested in maintaining a straight and healthy smile. If you wear retainers, we will have to discuss whether they are compatible with mouth guards. Some mouth guards may need modifications to fit alongside retainers.

If you experience any changes to your dental structure, communicate promptly with us so that we can make any necessary adjustments. Regular dental check-ups are essential to monitor the condition of your teeth and ensure the continued effectiveness of your mouth guard.

Night Mouth Guard for Bruxism

Bruxism, the involuntary grinding or clenching of teeth, can wreak havoc on your oral health, leading to worn enamel, jaw pain, and other complications. While this condition often occurs during sleep, a night mouth guard for bruxism serves as a protective barrier, preventing damage and promoting better oral well-being.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is frequently nocturnal, making it challenging for individuals to become aware of their grinding habits. Stress, anxiety, and misaligned teeth are common contributors to bruxism. Regular dental check-ups help in early detection and intervention.

Untreated bruxism can lead to severe dental issues, including cracked teeth, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, and significant wear on tooth surfaces. Intervention through night mouth guards plays a crucial role in preventing long-term damage.

Benefits of Night Mouth Guards

Night mouth guards act as a physical barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing direct contact during grinding. This protection helps preserve tooth enamel and minimizes the risk of fractures or chips.

By providing a cushioning effect, night guards help alleviate jaw pain and discomfort associated with bruxism. The reduction of muscle tension contributes to improved overall oral and facial comfort. By preventing the disruptive sounds of teeth grinding, night mouth guards contribute to a more restful night's sleep for the bruxer.

Types of Night Mouth Guards

In addition to the types of mouth guards listed above, the following types of night mouth guards are available:

•  Over-the-counter (OTC) night guards are readily available at pharmacies and offer a cost-effective solution for mild to moderate bruxism. They are typically boil and bite guards that you can customize at home for a better fit.
•  Dual laminate night guards combine soft and hard materials to provide a balance between comfort and durability. The soft inner layer cushions the teeth, while the hard outer layer offers resilience against grinding forces.
•  Hard night guards are recommended for people with severe bruxism. Made from rigid materials to withstand intense grinding, they provide robust protection but may feel less comfortable than softer alternatives.

Caring for Your Night Mouth Guard

Clean your night guard daily using a non-abrasive toothbrush and mild soap to remove bacteria and debris. Rinse thoroughly with water before each use.

Store your night guard in a ventilated container to prevent bacterial growth. Avoid exposing the mouth guard to heat, direct sunlight, or hot water, as these will deform it.

Promptly address any signs of wear or tear, and schedule regular dental check-ups to ensure your night guard remains in good condition and fits accurately.

Certain harmful habits can compromise the integrity of the guard. These include chewing gum or using your night guard as a substitute for chewing on other objects, such as pens and ice. Avoiding these habits will extend the longevity of your mouthguard.

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