Mouthguards – Phoenix, AZ


Sports Mouthguards

Sports mouthguards, also called sportsguards, are an absolutely essential piece of sports safety equipment. Unfortunately, despite the fact that thousands lose or injure teeth every year while participating in sports, sportsguards are often overlooked or underutilized by athletes. We are strong advocates of preventive dental care, which is why we create custom sportsguards for athletes of all ages.

A mouthguard is a piece of molded plastic in the form of an arch that fits over the top teeth. A sports mouthguard protects the mouth & face in several ways. The guard shields the upper teeth from damage from impacts or blows to the face. Top & bottom teeth are prevented from impacting each other directly as a result of a collision or blow. It also protects the soft tissues of the mouth, especially the cheeks, from impacts with the teeth.

There are three types of sportguards: ready-made, boil-and-bite & custom. We want all our patients to be aware of the differences between types of sportsguards so they can make an informed decision.

Nightguards

A nightguard is a type of mouthguard that you wear while sleeping to prevent teeth grinding caused by clenching of the jaw. This clenching & grinding is called bruxism by dentists, & if left untreated it can cause worn, cracked & damaged teeth that will need to be repaired or removed & replaced. If your dentist has told you that you have bruxism, a night guard is an important way to make sure you don’t do further damage to your teeth.

Signs that you may have bruxism & need to wear a night guard include a sore jaw, sore teeth & dull headaches. Your dentist may also be able to detect signs of bruxism by looking at patterns of wear on your teeth.

Nightguards are available over-the-counter at the pharmacy or custom-made from your dentist. Store-bought night guards are often the boil-&-bite kind that require you to heat up the new mouthguard & bite into it so it shapes to your bite. Custom nightguards from your dentist are often much more precise & slimmer, & therefore more comfortable. So if comfort is a big concern of yours, you should get your night guard from us. This is the more expensive option; however, the money you spend on your night guard is very small in comparison to the restorative treatments you will need if your teeth grinding continues to damage your teeth.

If you think you may have teeth grinding, please speak with us about getting a night guard. We’d much rather help you prevent pain & damage to your smile than have to treat it!