If you grind or clench your teeth, have sleep apnea, or play contact sports, wearing a mouthguard protects your teeth so you can maintain a beautiful smile. At Tru Plano Dental in Plano, Texas, Miri Kim, DMD, creates custom mouthguards that prevent tooth damage, promote better sleep, and reduce side effects associated with clenching and grinding. Call Tru Plano Dental to learn more or book an appointment online with Dr. Kim today.
A mouthguard fits over your teeth and protects them from injury and excessive wear and tear. Wearing a mouthguard is often a good idea if you:
When your teeth and gums are at risk of injury, trauma, or excessive wear and tear, having a mouthguard on hand is a good idea.
Various different mouthguards exist, but Dr. Kim works with you to determine which one best matches your individual needs.
Dr. Kim uses a mold of your teeth to create a custom-fit mouthguard, which is one of the best ways to protect your teeth.
Boil and bite mouthguards are available at many drugstores and sporting goods stores. You’ll boil the mouthguard in water and bite down on it while it’s still soft, so it forms to the shape of your teeth. Look for boil and bite mouthguards that have the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance.
Stock mouthguards are preformed, ready-to-wear, and often inexpensive, but they don’t fit your teeth as well as custom-made or boil and bite mouthguards.
The main benefit of wearing a mouthguard is protection for your teeth. It helps:
If you play contact sports like hockey, tackle football, or basketball, wearing a mouthguard is often a requirement. Wearing one often saves you money in emergency dental care.
Dr. Kim examines your mouth to determine which type of mouthguard best matches your needs based on your bite, sleeping habits, lifestyle, and the presence of health conditions. Custom-made mouthguards, while more expensive than boil and bite and stock mouthguards, offer the best protection.
When you’re ready to learn more about mouthguards, call Tru Plano Dental today or book an appointment online with Dr. Kim.