Having a beautiful smile can certainly be an asset in life, and whether your gorgeous grin is completely natural, or has been enhanced through cosmetic dentistry, you’ll want to make sure your teeth are well protected.
Depending on your particular requirements, you might want to consider getting a custom-made mouth guard to help care for your teeth. Here at Museum Dental Suites, we can discuss your situation and, if suitable, have a mouth guard made to fit your teeth.
Also known as mouth protectors, mouth pieces, night guards, occlusal splints or bite planes, mouth guards are designed to protect the inside of your mouth. There are many reasons that your dentist may recommend wearing a mouth guard, with some of the most common including:
Mouth guards are often worn in contact sports such as boxing, rugby and hockey to prevent chipped teeth, as well as other injuries to the lips, cheeks and gums.
Also known as bruxism, tooth grinding is typically related to stress – although a number of other contributing factors can also lead to the habit. Since most people who grind their teeth do so during their sleep, wearing a mouth guard can help to prevent teeth from being worn down or otherwise injured.
Commonly associated with pain and dysfunction of the muscles involved with chewing and moving the jaw, TJD is thought to affect between 20 and 30 per cent of people. Although TMJ dysfunction is actually a symptom of other issues, and not a condition in itself, mouth guards have been found to help alleviate the discomfort and other issues.
Mouth guards are usually worn on the upper teeth only, but in some cases, your dentist may recommend you wear the guard on your lower teeth as well.
Although DIY mouth guards can be purchased from a number of different suppliers, having one custom-fitted by a dentist can provide better results, as it will be professionally made to suit your specific requirements. It will also be more comfortable and provide better protection.
Getting a mouth guard fitted is a simple and pain-free task. Your dentist will simply take an impression of your teeth using a special compound. The impression will then be sent to a lab where the mouth guard will be manufactured.
Once the mouth guard has been created, your dentist will have you back for another appointment to give it to you and ensure that it fits well. They will also explain when you should wear the mouth guard and how to care for it – this involves rinsing it thoroughly after every use and storing it in a firm and perforated container.
Based in the heart of central London, our suites have been designed to help ensure patients feel relaxed and at ease from the moment they step through our doors. What’s more, appointments are available seven days a week, so you can always get seen, at a time that suits your busy schedule.