Studies show that the use of mouth guards can lower the risk of sports-related dental injuries. Various organizations such as the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention continue to encourage the use of mouth guard due to its benefits. While you can buy it over the counter, getting a custom mouth guard from your dentist will ensure you get a device that is completely functional and comfortable to wear.
The following are the different types of mouth guards available:
1. Athletic Mouth Guard – If you play contact sports such as football, rugby or lacrosse, a sports guard will protect your teeth from injury. A custom-designed athletic mouth guard can provide better cushioning; is less bulky, comfortable and non-chafing.
2. Night Guards – If you tend to grind and clench your teeth during sleep, you can prevent damage to your pearly whites by wearing a night guard. You may also request an Invisalign night guard which is slimmer than the standard night guard that dentists prescribe to their patients. Invisalign night guards are also invisible which means you can wear them during the day if you tend to clench or grind your teeth constantly.
Wearing night guard also helps patients with TMJ by relieving jaw and joint pain. If you have dental implants, bridges or crowns, a night guard can prevent damage to the expensive dental work brought about by teeth grinding.
3. Snore Guards – Snoring occurs when the soft tissues at the back of the throat vibrate during sleep. By wearing a snore guard, your lower jaw will be repositioned forward to open your airway. Snoring prevents you from getting a good night’s rest and also has associated health risks. If you want to reduce snoring, a snore guard can definitely help.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 7.40 am to 4.30 pm
Fridays by appointment
Daniel Turnbull, D.D.S.
1148 Executive Circle, Ste 1
Cary, NC 27511