If you and your family live an active lifestyle, mouthguards can be an essential part of your oral care. Whether you play contact or non-contact sports, you may be at risk for oral injuries. Mouthguards protect not only your teeth but also the surrounding soft tissues and gums from damages and injuries. If you’re prone to teeth grinding (bruxism) Dr. Steinbach may recommend a nightguard for you to wear at night.
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 and some patients find these to be uncomfortable.
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.
Benefits of Mouthguards
Living an active lifestyle has many benefits, but with that comes the inherent risk of injury and accidents. 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 mouthguards. They’re the most effective way of protecting your teeth, gums, and jaw from dental damage and trauma.
If you grind your teeth in your sleep, you can cause unintentional damage to your teeth. Nightguards provide you with nightly protection so you can rest easy 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.
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 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 unwanted infections
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my insurance cover a mouthguard?
Some insurances 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 provider for more details. If you’re unsure, give our office a call 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 to schedule your appointment. We can’t wait to meet you!