What Is a
Mouth guards are special dental gadgets designed to safeguard your teeth from damage during sports or while you sleep.
Crafted from soft, flexible materials, your White Oak Dental & Orthodontics team customizes each mouth guard to fit your mouth perfectly, ensuring comfort and exceptional protection.
Mouth guards deal with two main health issues:
Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is an involuntary habit that often happens during sleep. It can lead to severe issues like:
- Damaged teeth
- Jaw discomfort
Night guards can serve as a protective barrier to minimize the wear and tear on your teeth.
Mouth guards are your smile's MVPs when it comes to physical activities. They're essential in contact sports like football and hockey but also super handy in non-contact activities like basketball and gymnastics.
Dr. Aquino at White Oak Dental & Orthodontics in Avenel can custom-fit your or your child’s sports guard, drastically lowering the risk of sports-related dental injuries.
Sports Guards & Night Guards
Mouth guards come in two primary categories: sports guards and night guards. Each serves a specific purpose and has its own set of features tailored to your needs.
For athletes, sports guards are your go-to for safeguarding your teeth during physical activities. Made from robust materials to absorb shocks, these guards can be custom-fitted by our White Oak Dental & Orthodontics team in Avenel.
And yes, you can wear them even if you have braces.
Night guards are your bedtime armor if you grind your teeth at night. Softer than their sporty counterparts, they're designed for comfort during extended wear, keeping your teeth safe from nighttime grinding.
How Mouth Guards Are Made
Let’s look at some of the different types of mouth guards based on how they’re manufactured.
Stock Mouth Guards
These are your quick and easy options, available in standard sizes. While budget-friendly, they offer minimal protection and might need a more comfortable fit.
Boil-and-Bite Mouth Guards
These guards are crafted from a unique material that softens in hot water. That's why they offer a more personalized fit. Just heat, bite, and you're good to go. You can snag these at most sports shops.
Custom-Made Mouth Guards
For top-tier comfort and safety, Dr. Aquino at White Oak Dental & Orthodontics in Avenel creates custom mouth guards tailored just for you. Though they come at a premium, they offer unbeatable protection and a snug fit that's second to none.
The Benefits of Mouth Guards
Here's why you'll love having a mouth guard:
Dodge Dental Drama
A mouth guard acts like a shield for your teeth, lowering the chances of chipped or missing teeth during sports or accidents.
Save Your Smile
If you grind your teeth, a night guard can be your smile's best friend. It reduces wear and tear which leads to increased sensitivity.
Catch More Z's
A night guard can make your sleep more peaceful by minimizing teeth grinding and the discomfort that comes with it.
Boost Your Game
With a sports guard in play, you can keep your head in the game — without worrying about keeping your teeth in your smile.
Have a Grin That Always Wins
Whether you're a nighttime teeth-grinder or a weekend warrior on the field, a mouth guard is your go-to for keeping your winning grin intact. Dr. Aquino at White Oak Dental & Orthodontics can assess your needs and guide you to the perfect mouth guard.