If you grind your teeth at night, a special mouth guard-type of dental appliance, called a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint, may be created to prevent tooth damage by Dr Washburn at Cosmetic Dentistry Salinas.
Cosmetic Dentistry Salinas offers three types of mouth guards:
1. Stock mouth protectors are performed and come ready to wear.
They are inexpensive and can be bought at most sporting good stores and department stores. However, little can be done to adjust their fit. They tend to be bulky, make breathing and talking difficult, and provide little or no protection. Dentists do not recommend their use.
2. Boil and bite mouth protectors also can be bought at many sporting goods stores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors.
The “boil and bite” mouth guard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure.
3. Custom-fitted mouth protectors are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist’s instructions.
First, as a Cosmetic Dentistry Salinas, Dr. Washburn will make an impression of your teeth, then a mouth guard is molded over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types, yet provides the most comfort and protection.
Generally, night guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw), Dr. Washburn will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. He will suggest the best night guard for you. An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.