If you play contact sports or grind your teeth, mouth guards provide an extra line of defense from impacts that can cause chips, cracks, and other damage. At Regal Dentistry in Las Vegas, Nevada, the expert team of cosmetic and family dentists offers custom mouth guards to prevent injuries and ensure optimal oral health. If you’re in need of a new mouth guard, book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the office today.
Mouth guards are custom-crafted oral appliances that protect your teeth from grinding during sleep or injury while playing sports. They’re made of a durable thermoplastic and help prevent damage to your enamel.
Regal Dentistry uses Under Armour® Performance Mouthwear. Many athletes currently use this type of mouth guards to protect their teeth and improve their oral health.
Regal Dentistry offers two types of mouth guards:
When you’re stressed or anxious, your body responds by clenching your muscles and producing the hormone cortisol. This hormone causes fatigue, inadequate oxygen intake, and jaw pain.
A mouth guard for teeth grinding can correctly position your jaw, lowering the risk of bruxism and jaw clenching. That results in decreased tension, less muscle pain, and improved breathing.
Athletic adults and children eight and older can benefit from wearing a mouth guard during physical activity. This is particularly true if you play contact sports like football, basketball, or hockey. Sports mouth guards protect your teeth and jaw, significantly lowering the risk of chips, cracks, or knocked-out teeth.
Getting a mouth guard at Regal Dentistry takes two appointments spaced about 10 days apart.
At your initial consultation, your dentist conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle. They then take a series of digital impressions with the iTero® 5D intraoral scanner and register your bite. Your dentist shares your scan with the in-office laboratory that manufactures your custom appliance.
About a week later, you return to Regal Dentistry. Your dentist has you try on the new mouth guard and makes adjustments as necessary to ensure a perfect fit.
To keep your mouth guard in optimal condition, it’s essential to take care of it. Regal Dentistry recommends rinsing your mouth guard with tap water a few times during each use.
To prevent the buildup of plaque and food particles, brush your mouth guard with toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush. You can also clean your mouth guard with water and mild, alcohol-free soap.
To learn more about the benefits of mouth guards, request a consultation at Regal Dentistry. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the office to speak with a staff member today.