Is A Custom Mouthguard Right For Me?
Mouthguards are not a one-size-fits-all solution. Even though mouthguards may look similar, they can provide different functions. They can be used for preventing teeth grinding, reducing snoring, sleep apnea relief, and protecting your mouth when playing sports. There are three different types of mouthguards: stock, boil and bite, and custom. Learn more about each option from our mouthguards service page.
Prevent Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding can cause soreness, tenderness, and tightness in your jaw, neck, and face muscles, commonly resulting in tension headaches. Mouthguards prevent the bottom and top teeth from clenching together so damage does not occur. Custom mouth guards are recommended to prevent teeth grinding because they provide the best fit for your teeth, last longer over time than stock or boil-and-bite mouth guards, and will be the most comfortable option for you while you sleep.
Reduce Snoring or Sleep Apnea Relief
Snoring occurs when air flows past the relaxed tissues in your throat, causing the tissues to vibrate when you breathe. While sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. There are two different types of mouthguards or oral appliances that can be used for snoring and/or sleep apnea:
- Mandibular advancement device (MAD): This works by pushing the lower jaw forward, opening your airway while you sleep.
- Tongue retaining device: This works by gripping your tongue, preventing it from falling into the back of the throat.
These oral appliances must be fitted by a dentist and worn in your mouth at night. There are many over-the-counter mouthguards that claim to prevent snoring or help sleep apnea, but the best course of action is to consult your dentist or doctor to see what is right for you.
Sports mouth guards can help prevent damage to the face and minimize the risk of broken teeth or injuries to your face, jaw, tongue, and lips. Certain sports have higher risks than others. It’s very important to wear a mouthguard if you play any of the following sports: football, boxing, hockey, or wrestling. Basically, when it comes to mouthguards, the better the fit, the better the protection. Stock mouth guards are the least expensive option for protecting teeth while playing sports. Boil and bite mouthguards are slightly more expensive, but provide a better fit, reducing the risk of injury. Custom mouthguards will provide the most protection as they will have the best fit/coverage of your mouth.
We know you have many options for mouthguards, and if you’re unsure if a mouthguard will help or would like a custom-fit mouthguard consultation, contact us today!