Mouthguards and Nightguards
You take excellent care of your teeth, brushing and flossing daily and visiting your dentist in Coffs Harbour regularly for dental exams and teeth cleans. After adopting best practices, you certainly don’t want to lose a tooth or suffer an impact injury for lack of a mouthguard. Additionally, you don't want to compromise your smile due to bruxism (grinding and clenching your teeth).
If you or your child compete in contact sports, a mouthguard is an essential part of game safety, and the team at Arthur Street Dental considers a custom mouthguard a necessary part of preventive dentistry for our athletes. Our goal is your safety and the long-term health of your smile.
Likewise, if you have bruxism, we want to protect your smile with a custom nightguard to prevent nocturnal wear and damage to your teeth.
How Our Custom Mouthguards and Nightguards Work
Our mouthguards in Coffs Harbour are custom designed after taking a direct impression of your smile. From there, we fabricate the appliance to fit the unique contours of your teeth. The mouthguard creates a barrier between your teeth and stray balls or elbows. It fits snugly but comfortably to keep your smile safe and promote ease of wear.
A nightguard is also made using an impression of your smile, and it gently keeps your upper and lower jaw separate as you sleep.
While it is possible to buy a mouthguard or nightguard in your local shop, it will not fit your smile as it should and may leave you vulnerable to injury or slippage. Also, a mouthguard that does not fit correctly can slip, interfere with speech, breathing and rub against your cheeks and gums. The latter may lead to soreness and even infection.
Caring for Your Oral Appliances
Now that you have your new custom appliance, you want to keep it in excellent condition so that it serves you well on the playing field.
A member of our dental team will provide any custom care instructions based on your specific guard and oral health profile.
As a rule, however, caring includes:
- Rinsing your mouthguard or nightguard with cold water each time you wear it. You may also use mild soap and a soft toothbrush to prevent bacteria from forming.
- When you come in for regular dental check-ups, bring your appliance so your dentist can examine it for wear.
- Keep your mouthguard in a safe location, and store it in a ventilated container. Some preventive appliances require water storage—your dentist in Coffs Harbour will let you know.
- Do not expose your guard to dry heat as this may alter the fit.
- If you notice damage to your appliance, consult your dentist immediately.
For a Custom Mouthguard or Nightguard in Coffs Harbour, We Welcome Your Call
If you’re ready to arrange a fitting and exam, we anticipate your call.