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What Type of Mouthguard Should I Get?

Posted on 5/15/2024 by Thomas Mahar
Close up of a simple mouthguard being held up by a womanMouthguards are not just for kids. Many adults wear mouthguards to protect their teeth from injuries, whether sports-related or habit-related, such as bruxism. If you are thinking that you may need a mouthguard, here is some information about the most common types.

Mouthguards for Sports

Adults who play a sport, especially if the sport involves teams or balls, should consider a sports mouthguard to protect their valuable dental work. Most sports mouthguards are made of layers of plastic - both hard and soft layers - that can deflect a ball or an elbow and protect teeth by dispersing the energy from an impact across all of them.

If you have to be able to communicate with your teammates, be sure to select a mouthguard that allows you to talk and be understood. You want a sports mouthguard that fits neatly over your teeth but is comfortable to wear as well because if it is not comfortable, you are less likely to wear it.

Mouthguards for Bruxism

People who have bruxism grind or clench their teeth at night, usually due to anxiety or stress. Bruxism can damage teeth and cause severe headaches, earaches, and jaw problems. There are two types of mouthguards for people with bruxism. If you have mild bruxism with no tooth damage, you may be able to use a soft mouthguard. However, if you have moderate or severe bruxism and damaged teeth, our dentist may recommend a harder mouthguard for protection.

Sleep Apnea Mouthguards

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may be dreading wearing a mask to sleep. However, our dentist may be able to fabricate a mouthpiece designed to keep your lower jaw in the right place while you are sleeping, allowing you to breathe normally. Sleep apnea is a serious concern for your overall health and dental health, so it is important to speak with our dentist if you think a mouthguard might be an option for you.

No matter what type of mouthguard you need, our dental office is here to help you find the perfect mouthguard to fit your teeth! Why not give us a call today to set up an appointment?

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