A mouth guard is a removable device used to protect and maintain the condition of your teeth and their supporting structures. Mouth guards or mouth protectors come in three basic designs: custom-fitted mouth guards provided by your dentist, ready-to-wear pre-molded mouth guards, and guards that can be soaked in hot water and molded to fit your teeth. Why should you invest in a mouth guard from your dentist? Consider some of the reasons why you many need to wear a mouth guard.
- Maintaining Orthodontic Work: Wearing a mouth guard is one of the easiest ways to maintain orthodontic work or jaw realignment—after all, you didn’t pay for Invisalign just to have your teeth damaged or shift back into their original positions.
- Protection During Athletic Activities: Studies show that approximately 80% of mouth and dental injuries affect the front teeth. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, individuals who take part in athletic activities such as football, baseball, ice hockey, wresting, boxing, lacrosse, field hockey, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, or rugby should all wear protective mouth guards to reduce the chances of injury or lost teeth.
- Teeth Grinding: Another common reason to wear a mouth guard is to alleviate bruxism or TMJ—a condition in which you grind, gnash, or clench your teeth together. Bruxism or teeth grinding can be caused by a variety of factors, including anxiety, stress, suppressed anger, abnormal alignment of the teeth, and certain mental disorders. While mild bruxism can cause pain and soreness, teeth grinding can also lead to additional health complications including macular degeneration and tooth loss.
With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Kenn Kakosian, DDS is a top cosmetic dentist in NYC. Our famous Chrysler Building Dental Center provides the best mouth guards, Lumineers, and Zoom whitening treatments available. Whether you’re suffering from TMJ or you participate in contact sports, we provide the best mouth protectors for your needs. Contact us at (888) 775-8116 for more information on our services.