Custom Made Mouthguards In Malta To Prevent & Treat Dental Issues
At times, there is a need to protect your teeth and gums from unnecessary injuries. More so, oral trauma could fracture your teeth, dislodge them or cause your gums to bleed.
A mouthguard is a device that is used to cushion your teeth against oral injuries. It is especially important for people who participate in contact sports such as boxing and soccer. In dental health, a mouth protector is used as a form of preventive treatment to minimize injuries.
Types of mouthguards
There are numerous types of mouthguards. Each mouth protector is designed with a particular intention in mind. Normally, a mouthguard that is recommended by a dentist may be structurally different from the one used in sports. Here are some of the most common mouthguards;
Boil- and- bite mouthguards
Boil-and-bite mouthguards are made from thermoplastic material. They are first dipped in hot water to soften the thermoplastic material before they are put in the mouth where they assume the shape of the user’s teeth and gums. The main objective of their design is to ensure that they fit as accurately as possible as far as over-the-counter mouthguards go.
A ready-made mouthguard comes as a finished product that is ready to wear. You just need to choose one that fits your mouth.
Unlike the boil-and-bite mouthguards, you can’t make any adjustments on the ready-made mouthguards. And since they tend to be somewhat bulky, they are hardly recommended.
Ready-made mouthguards are bought in sports stores. However, they are not deemed to be as protective as other types of mouth protectors.
The size and structure of your teeth, jaws, and gums are taken into consideration when making a custom-fit mouthguard.
A custom-fit mouth protector is made in a dental laboratory. Usually, a dentist will first take an impression of your mouth and teeth, and with the use of recommended materials, a dental technician makes the mouthguard from the dentist’s impression. Custom-made mouthguards provide the much-needed comfort for the user.
Custom Made Mouth Guards At Savina Dental Clinics
At Savina Dental Clinics, we prepare custom mouth guards that offer the highest level of protection and comfort, without impeding respiratory or speech requirements.
- Each mouthguard is a laminate of the highest quality E.V.A. producing the closest fit possible.
- Indentations of the opposing teeth are provided to increase the level of protection and will reduce/prevent concussion.
- Provision can be made for erupting teeth or orthodontic treatment.
- A vast range of colours and patterns are available for mouth guards – colour charts and posters available upon request.
- The sports player’s name is permanently sealed within each mouthguard. We can also incorporate non-copyright artwork within the mouth guard.
- Every mouthguard is supplied with a plastic storage container and care instructions.
To book your custom made mouthguard consultation, please use our online appointment form or contact us directly on +356 2125 7253 (Skyparks Business Centre, Malta International Airport), or +356 2155 7323 (Dingli Street, Victoria, Gozo).
Mouthguards Vs. other types of mouthpieces
Mouthguards are not necessarily the only types of mouth protectors that exist. There are other types of mouthpieces made to compliment mouthguards. For instance, lip guards are meant to protect your lips from injuries, but they don’t protect your gums, jaws and teeth. They are commonly used with a mouthguard.
Simply, mouthguards are more advanced devices as they offer superior protection to your mouth.
What type of mouthguard do I need?
Mouthguards for snoring
If you snore frequently, anti-snoring mouthpieces could help you minimize it. These mouthguards use different mechanisms to reduce snoring.
A snoring mouthpiece can either help you stop snoring by pushing your lower jaw forward or by ensuring that your tongue remains in place.
The most appropriate mouthpieces for snoring come in two categories- the tongue retaining devices (TRDs) and the Mandibular advancement devices (MADs).
TRDs work by keeping your tongue in place without altering the position of your jaw. MADs, on the other hand, move your lower jaw forward to reduce the chances of snoring.
Mouthguards for sports
If you participate in any sport, you are at risk of sustaining an oral injury. The good news is that you can use a mouthguard to protect your teeth, jaws, and gums from such injuries.
To give your mouth the maximum protection during sports, you should get a mouthguard that fits in properly. It should also be comfortable so that it doesn’t undermine your performance.
You can opt to use a boil-and-bite mouthguard or better yet, ask your dentist to provide a custom-fit protector.
Mouthguards for teeth grinding
Teeth grinding may cause misalignment of the jaws and migraines. Fortunately, you can use a mouthguard to prevent such occurrences.
If you are considering a night guard, you need one that will provide maximum comfort, and protect you from potential damages caused by teeth grinding. Otherwise, you may not get a good night’s sleep.
A bite-and-boil mouthguard is best suited for teeth grinding. It is comfortable and can be used during the day and night.
Mouthguards for sleep apnea
When you stop breathing during the night, and then the breathing resumes on its own, your oral and cardiovascular health is affected. This condition, which is known as sleep apnea, leaves you fatigued throughout the day. It is a problem that interferes with your breathing rhythm and with the quality of your life.
Although a mouthguard will not treat sleep apnea, it will certainly help improve the quality of your sleep.
Dentists may recommend custom-fit mouthguards for sleep apnea.
Can I wear a mouthguard if I wear braces?
You can wear a mouthguard with braces. It is, especially, important if you intend to participate in sporting activities. You should also consider wearing one if you frequently clench or grind your teeth. This protects your tongue, lips, and teeth.
Custom-made mouthguards are the best fit to wear with braces.
How much do mouthguards cost?
The cost of mouthguards varies significantly, depending on the type of mouthguard that you want. For example, you are undoubtedly going to pay more for a custom-made mouthguard than a ready-made mouthguard.
How can I take care of my mouthguard?
A grimy mouthguard is hazardous to your oral health as it tends to harbour yeast, bacteria, and moulds. This is why we highly recommend that you take good care of your mouthpiece.
You should clean it and rinse it with soapy water. You can also use a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean it thoroughly. This prevents the build-up of debris, which may be a breeding ground for bacteria. Additionally, you can soak it in an anti-microbial solution to kill the harmful organisms.
When not using your mouthguard, keep it in a clean, dry case. And most importantly, always replace your mouthguard if you notice some signs of wear and tear.
Oral injuries can be expensive to treat. Besides that, some problems such as loss of teeth due to an injury are quite difficult to fix. Even though alternatives are available, such as dental implants exist, it is always wise to protect your natural teeth and other parts of your mouth from potential injuries. Using a mouthguard is arguably one of the best ways to steer clear of oral injuries.
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