Mouthguards in Basalt, CO
Protect Your Teeth All Day
In addition to protecting your mouth from tooth decay, protecting your teeth from injury is an important part of dental care. If you suffer from excessive teeth clenching or nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism), your teeth can become worn over time due to increased pressure. This puts a strain on your teeth and jaw muscles and could cause serious damage if not corrected.
If you live an active lifestyle, sustaining a sports injury is a common concern. Chipped, broken, severely damaged, or missing teeth can result from many types of sports. However, rather than forgo the sports and activities you love or worry about nighttime habits, Dr. Steinbach and Dr. Van Gorden have a simple solution—mouthguards and nightguards.
Mouthguards and nightguards are types of oral appliances designed to cover your teeth and gums. Oral appliances are simple-to-use, easy to maintain, and can be used to treat sleep apnea, protect your mouth during sports, and help relieve bruxism. At Elevate Dental Wellness, we provide personalized mouthguards and nightguards to provide you with tooth protection day or night.
Read on to learn more about these simple dental devices and how you may benefit.
Types of Mouthguards
There are three types of mouthguards available for patients: stock, boil and bite, and custom-made.
Stock mouthguards can be found in retail stores. While they may be cheap, these types of mouthguards don’t allow for full protection because they’re one-size-fits-all. Some patients find these to be uncomfortable and ineffective.
Boil and bite mouthguards are made from moldable plastic. Once the plastic is boiled, you bite into it and an impression is left from your bite. Patients may find these more comfortable, but there’s a higher potential for user error, which can lead to wasted mold or an ill-fitting mouthguard.
Dr. Van Gorden and Dr. Steinbach recommend a high-quality customized mouthguard that offers the overall highest level of protection and the most comfortable fit. After thoroughly examining your mouth, we’ll take an impression of your bite, which we’ll use to create your custom mouthguard to have ready by your next visit. This will eliminate any possibility of user error so you can enjoy a comfortable, effective solution.
Daytime Protection For Active Lifestyles
If you and your family live an active lifestyle, mouthguards can be an essential part of your oral care. Living an active lifestyle has many benefits, but with that comes the inherent risk of injury and accidents. Whether you play contact or non-contact sports, you may be at risk for oral injuries.
To provide you with protection and support so that you never have to worry about sacrificing your active lifestyle, Dr. Van Gorden and Dr. Steinbach recommend custom-made mouthguards. Mouthguards protect not only your teeth but also the surrounding soft tissues and gums from damage and injuries. They’re the most effective way of protecting your teeth, gums, and jaw from dental damage and trauma.
Nighttime Protection For Teeth Grinding
When you grind your teeth in your sleep, you can cause unintentional damage to your teeth. If you’re prone to teeth grinding (bruxism) Dr. Steinbach may recommend a nightguard for you to wear at night. Nightguards provide you with nightly protection so you can rest easily and pain-free. A nightguard can make all the difference in your overall health by protecting you from unnecessary and preventable dental work down the line.
Getting Your Personalized Mouthguard
Whether you’re in need of a daytime or nighttime mouthguard, the process is the same. In two simple appointments, you’ll have your custom appliance that’s easy to integrate into your routine.
During your initial consultation with one of our expert dentists, we’ll discuss your unique situation to determine the best oral appliance for you. If you require a mouthguard or a nightguard, we’ll take detailed impressions of your bite to ensure the most comfortable, personalized fit.
During your next appointment at our Basalt office, we’ll have your new nightguard or mouthguard ready for you. Dr. Steinbach or Dr. Van Gorden will ensure that it fits perfectly and comfortably before you leave our office.
Taking Care of Your Mouthguard
You can prolong the life of your mouthguard by adopting the following habits:
- Rinse your mouthguard thoroughly. Whenever you remove your mouthguard or nightguard, be sure to rinse it well with water.
- Brush your mouthguard. Just like your teeth, your mouthguard will benefit from daily brushing. This can help prevent damage and get rid of any bacteria and debris.
- Keep your case clean. Keeping the mouthguard case clean is just as important as cleaning the mouthguard.
- Air it out. Make sure that after you clean your mouthguard, you let it dry completely on a clean surface.
It’s important to clean your mouthguard or nightguard regularly to prevent germs and bacteria from building up, keeping your oral health safe from infections
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my insurance cover a mouthguard?
Some dental insurance providers may cover the cost of your custom mouthguard. Certain basic preventive care measures, such as professional cleanings and X-rays, are the only treatments covered in some health insurance plans.
To find out if your plan covers mouthguards, we recommend contacting your dental insurance provider for more details. If you’re unsure, give our office a call at (970) 297-5647 and one of our team members will be happy to find out if your insurance will cover mouthguards or nightguards.
Can nightguards ruin your teeth?
No! Nightguards provide protection against the negative effects of bruxism and are safe for your teeth. Sleep grinding puts pressure on your teeth and jaws, which can lead to pain and, if left unaddressed, can cause permanent damage to your teeth.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
At Elevate Dental Wellness, you’ll never have to worry about sacrificing your active lifestyle for your oral health. Discover how mouthguards can help you today. Give us a call at (970) 297-5647 or fill out the form at the bottom of this page to schedule your appointment. We can’t wait to meet you!