Mouthguards are dental devices that cover your teeth. Whether you’re playing sports or you have a sleep disorder, a mouthguard can offer protection and help you get a good night’s sleep.
Types of mouthguards
There are 3 types of mouthguards:
Custom-fitted Mouthguard: These mouthguards are made by a dentist or a dental technician to fit the person’s mouth. They provide the best protection due to their close fit, comfort and cushioning (shock absorption) effect. Dentists recommend custom-fitted mouthguards.
Boil-and-bite Mouthguard: Once the lining is softened in boiling water, the person bites on the mouthguard to help it take the shape of their mouth. These mouthguards may not conform to the person’s bite and can be uncomfortable to wear.
Stock Mouthguard: A stock mouthguard is a ready-to-wear mouthguard that comes pre-formed. While these are the least expensive mouthguard, they also offer the least amount of protection. They tend to be uncomfortable and fit poorly.
Which mouthguard is right for my dental issue?
Whether you need a mouthguard for snoring or for sports, you will need a guard that fits well and is comfortable, durable, and resistant to tearing.
Certain sports and activities carry a high risk of falling or resulting in injuries that can impact your face. A mouthguard can help to protect your teeth and prevent them from injuring your lips or tongue.
In most cases, either a stock mouthguard or a boil-and-bite mouthguard is a good choice for protection while you play sports. If you play a high contact sport, whilst more expensive, a custom mouthguard may be a better option
Mouthguard for Teeth grinding
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a disorder that can cause a variety of problems, such as tooth pain, jaw pain, and sore gums. It can also damage your teeth.
Wearing a mouthguard while you sleep can help keep your top and bottom teeth separated and prevent you from grinding your teeth.
In most cases, you’ll want a custom-fitted bruxism mouthguard.
If you’re looking to reduce your snoring, a custom-fitted mouthguard for sleeping may be the solution for you.
If you have mild sleep apnea, a custom-made mouthguard for sleep apnea can push your lower jaw and tongue forward, keeping your airway open.
Looking for a Mouthguard in Townville? Contact Deeragun Dental Today!
If you’re interested in a mouthguard and still not sure what type of mouthguard you need, make sure to talk to our dentists at Deeragun Dental. We can work with you to create a custom mouthguard in Townsville or recommend an over-the-counter device.
Call us on (07) 4751 5999 to book your appointment today!