Mouth guards are a common dental appliance, and it is easy to see why. They are affordable, comfortable, and can also help improve your sleep quality. The guard acts as a soft barrier, protecting your teeth while you sleep at night. But are all mouth guards created equal? Below, we will share our tips for finding a high-quality appliance.
Why Use a Mouth Guard?
Mouth guards have many helpful uses. Firstly, they protect the mouth and teeth during contact sports. All athletes- whether they are small children or seasoned pros- should use a mouth guard. Special guards called nightguards are also used to protect the teeth from nighttime tooth grinding.
What is a Boil and Bite Mouth Guard?
Lots of patients purchase a cheap mouthguard at their drugstore called a boil and bite mouthguard. These guards are made of a flexible material that can be shaped like clay when exposed to heat. Users will boil the material and then bite into it to shape the guard to their teeth- hence the name. These guards are cheap and very easy to find. However, they will not have a professional fit.
A Better Alternative
We recommend getting a professional mouth guard from the dentist. While this might seem unnecessary, it is the only way to ensure the guard fits correctly. An ill-fitting guard will not protect your teeth properly. It can also be uncomfortable. While professional guards might seem expensive, they will last much longer than store-bought guards. Buying a high-quality guard that lasts can actually save you money over time.
Don’t Wait to Protect Your Teeth
Royalty Dental Associates can help you keep your smile strong. We offer professional mouth guard fittings, comprehensive exams, and a wide range of other services. Explore our website to learn more about what we do. Book your appointment today by clicking the link above.