If you grind your teeth in your sleep, your doctor may recommend a mouthguard for you to wear at night. This will help protect the surface of your teeth from any further damage. It is impossible to tell your body to stop doing something while you are asleep, so a mouth guard is the best protection you can get. It’s better to prevent any further damage now, instead of having to pay for costly fixes later.
Sports Mouth Guard
Some people choose to use a sports mouth guard for protection. This is not a great option because they are bulky and may cause problems sleeping. They are not designed for this purpose, but instead are designed to protect your teeth from sports injuries. They can slip in the night and cause dangerous problems with breathing and make it really hard to get a good night’s sleep.
Boil And Bite
Often at pharmacies and other stores that sell toothbrushes, you will see a boil and bite mouth guard option. These guards are a homemade version, and have some benefits. Unlike sports mouthguards, they are meant to mold to your teeth. But they are still very bulky in your mouth because they are meant to fit a wide variety of mouths. The materials that are used with this type of mouthguard are very soft on the inside and may eventually cause damage to the alignment of your teeth.
In our office, we provide custom-fit mouthguards. These mouth guards are specifically designed for sleep, and are made from a variety of materials. We can pick and choose how flexible they are, and the level of protection they provide based on your case. They are measured and fit right to your mouth, and are designed to help you get a good night’s sleep. While they may cost a little bit more up front, they will provide you with the protection you need and you won’t have to worry about other costly dental fixes. They will not interfere with your alignment, and they will not slip around while you are sleeping. Spending a little bit more money now to get the right fit is better for your mouth in the long run.
Make an appointment today so we can get started on your custom mouthguard. We accept walk in patients, or you can call us at (805) 499-1253 for our next available appointment. We do our best to get you in quickly so you’ll be at your best dental health. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you.