To create a custom sports mouthguard, we take custom dental impressions to ensure that the mouthguard will fit properly. We send the dental impressions to a local dental lab where the mouthguard is fabricated. Once the mouthguard is complete, we will make sure that it fits and feels comfortable.
Sports mouthguards can be cleaned with warm water and soap. Avoid washing your mouthguard with hot water because this can warp the plastic. After the mouthguard is clean, it can be stored in its ventilated case.
Mouthguards and TMJ
Some patients may think that sports mouthguards can be worn to combat symptoms of TMJ disorders because they are similar to night guards. However, this is untrue. Professional sports mouthguards are made of a different material that is thicker than night guard material. Night guards are used to keep the teeth in the proper position and prevent them from grinding together. Sports mouthguards protect the teeth from injuries during sports. If you grind your teeth at night, call us to receive a night guard.
Sports mouthguards are made of a thicker, lighter material. They’re a bit bulkier and are designed to absorb shocks and trauma. Night guards are made of a thinner material and are very form-fitting. They prevent the teeth from grinding together, but they’re not meant to absorb shocks. If you wear either of these mouthguards to treat a condition that’s not what they’re meant for, you can damage both your teeth and the guard itself.