Types of mouthguards
There are three types of dental mouthguards: stock mouthguards, boil-and-bite mouthguards, and custom-made mouthguards.
Stock mouthguards are affordable and readily available in drug stores and shops. They come in several sizes for various teeth and jaw sizes. Most stock mouthguards only cover your top teeth. However, because size options are limited, this option isn’t for everyone.
Boli-and-bite mouthguards also are easily found in shops and don’t cost much. You customize them into the right shape and size for your mouth. You need to boil the mouthguard to soften it up before placing it over your front teeth and biting down.
Custom-made mouthguards, as you have guessed, are made specifically for an individual, and are more expensive than the others. Your dentist makes these types of mouthguards by taking a mold of your teeth and using it to create the mouthguard. Custom-made mouthguards are usually used to treat sleep apnea and disorders, like snoring and teeth grinding.
Benefits of dental mouthguards
Prevents stress caused by gritted teeth
Custom mouthguards are comfortable and practical oral appliances. If you suffer from painful jaw joints, mouthguards reduce the stress and pressure exerted by muscles onto teeth and your jaws.
Improves sleep patterns
If you suffer from sleep apnea, mouthguards provide comfort and relief while sleeping. They improve sleep patterns, reduce snoring and help your jaw muscles relax. This creates less stress in your oral cavity and lets air pass through without obstructions.
Reduces headaches and facial pains
TMD or temporomandibular disorders can cause facial pains and headaches. This happens because of teeth grinding that stresses the jaw and muscle, causing pain and discomfort. Using mouthguards regularly prevents headache and facial pains.
Prevents tooth damage
If you grind your teeth both consciously or subconsciously, nightguards are beneficial. Grinding and clenching can chip your teeth and damage your enamel. If you have had dental fillings, excessive clenching may loosen fillings and cause more decay. When you wear a nightguard, it acts as a shield and protects your teeth to provide comfort and relief.
It is a cost-effective solution
People with sleep apnea and snoring use CPAP machines to relieve the problem caused by blocked air passage. However, CPAP therapy can be expensive for many people and/or ineffective for others. A simple yet much more efficient solution to these problems is a well-fitted mouthguard. You’d be surprised that many people actually found mouthguards to be more helpful than CPAP machines and less expensive.
And here you have it! The top 5 benefits of mouthguards. If you’d like to learn more about mouthguards, contact Monroe Family Dentistry in NC. A skilled dental team will help you get a well-fitted mouthguard based on your needs. Call at 704-776-4278 or visit their website to schedule an appointment.
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