Athletes train day-in and day-out to get better at their game. It would be great if their effort was complemented with the use of a mouthguard to protect their teeth and soft tissues in the mouth from injury. Athletes who play sports such as boxing, basketball, hockey, martial arts, rugby, soccer, snowboarding, biking, cycling, surfing, wrestling, track and field events, etc., would find great use of a mouthguard.
Patients who suffer from bruxism – a sleep-related health concern, can benefit from a nighttime bruxism guard. It keeps the teeth of either jaw from coming in contact, thereby preventing grinding. It also reduces the pressure applied to the TMJ and muscles around it, making it a common treatment for TMJ disorder.
Pre-made mouthguard: It is a standard-sized mouthguard that can be picked up from a local pharmacy and is ‘one-size-fits-all.’ Though it does the job of protecting your teeth from harm, not everyone who uses it finds it entirely comfortable to wear. In fact, it can alter the ideal alignment of the teeth and lead to a bad bite.
Boil-and-bite: It is similar to a pre-made mouthguard and is available in most sports stores. It is available in a standard size, and almost anyone can use it.
Customized mouthguards: Customized mouthguards are the best ones and are highly recommended by dentists. A professional dentist fabricates them after taking precise measurements and molds of the teeth. Dental-grade plastic material is used for the purpose, and its strong nature protects the teeth from injury and excessive wear.
A mouthguard must be cared for to keep it in its pristine functional state. Some of the things you can do are as follows: