Custom Dental Appliances
Depending on the issue, we can fit you with a custom-made sports guard, night guard, or snore guard to ensure the most comfortable fit possible. All it takes is one simple, painless visit. There are no needles, no drugs, and no tools in your mouth. Even better, no lab work or X-rays are required.
A sports mouth guard is a resilient plastic appliance that is worn to protect the teeth and gum tissues during sports or other activities. If you or your kids play sports, a properly fitted sports guard is vital to protect against damage to your teeth and dental work. After all, a single blow to your mouth can easily cause tooth fracture, tooth dislodgement, or damage to your crowns, bridges, porcelain veneers, or dental implants.
It’s estimated that close to 20% of adults suffer from the negative effects of grinding and clenching their teeth while sleeping, often called bruxing. The main cause of bruxism is stress. Clenching and grinding not only causes excessive wear on your teeth, but it can also cause facial and neck muscle soreness, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) problems, and arthritis pain.
To address this, we can fit you with a custom night guard—a plastic mouthpiece that fits over your upper and lower teeth—to lessen the damaging effects of clenching or grinding your teeth. Night guards can also correct your bite by properly positioning the teeth.
If you snore, or live with someone who does, you know how disruptive it can be. In addition to problems stemming from sleep deprivation, snoring can contribute to more serious health problems, such as increased risk of stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Snoring can also be a symptom of sleep apnea.
A snore guard is an oral appliance that is effective in treating snoring and mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Small and flexible, a snore guard resembles an athletic mouthpiece and has no moving parts, masks, hoses, or batteries. Made from sterile thermoplastic, a snore guard can be easily cleaned with a regular toothbrush.
Feel free to contact us at our Washington, DC dental office if you have any questions about custom guards or to schedule a consultation.