When it comes to protecting your patients’ teeth, nothing comes closer in effectiveness and convenience than a custom-made mouth guard, bite guard, or night guard. Mouth guards are used to protect the natural teeth and dental restorations from damage caused by activities or behaviors that pose a risk to the teeth. Your patients might benefit from a custom night guard or bite guard if they participate in high-impact sports activities or if they show signs of nighttime clenching or grinding (bruxism).
Custom night guards are the choice of dentists who understand the importance of an accurate fit when protecting their patients’ teeth. Unlike over-the-counter ‘boil and bite’ mouth guards, our custom guards are designed to protect far more than the tooth enamel; they can help shield the soft tissues of the mouth against bruising, lacerations, and even nerve damage. Since our mouth guards are hand-processed, they also tend to be low-profile and offer a better fit for the comfort of your patients.
We can produce bite guards for patients of all ages. Simply create an oral impression in your office and send it to our lab for fabrication. We will create a custom guard that protects the teeth and gums and is also comfortable to wear and resistant to slippage. Most guards are returned to your office very quickly and ready for immediate pick-up by your patients. They are very easy to care for – even for the youngest of patients. Simply rinse it with cold water before and after each wear using a soft-bristled toothbrush and paste. Then, keep it stored in its ventilated container in a room-temperature environment.
Keep in mind that young patients may need to be re-fit for a new custom mouth guard from time to time as they grow and their dentition changes. You may suggest that your patients bring their mouth guards with them to future dental visits for inspection and to ensure the guard continues to provide a comfortable and effective fit. Although durable and designed to last, all mouth guards inevitably need to be replaced from time to time due to normal wear and tear.