Mouthguards in Birmingham, MI
Shield Your Smile with Personalized Mouthguard Solutions
If you participate in contact sports, such as football, hockey, or boxing, or suffer from teeth grinding while you sleep, you may be at risk of dental injuries or tooth damage. To prevent these issues, a custom mouthguard can provide protection and comfort.
At Saad Oral Health & Beauty, Dr. Ali Saad, our premier dentist in Birmingham, MI, offers customized mouthguard solutions for patients of all ages.
What Are Mouthguards?
Custom mouthguards protect your teeth from impacts, collisions, or grinding that could cause fractures, chips, or other damage. Custom mouthguards are made from thermoplastic, which is moldable and can adapt to your bite and jaw movements. They’re typically thicker and more durable than over-the-counter mouthguards, which offer minimal protection and can cause discomfort or breathing difficulties.
Why are Custom Mouthguards Important?
Custom mouthguards provide several benefits for your oral health and overall well-being, including:
Mouthguards can absorb and distribute the force of impacts, reducing the risk of tooth fractures, dislocations, or avulsions. They can also prevent soft tissue injuries, such as cuts, bruises, or lacerations inside the mouth or on the lips.
Custom mouthguards fit snugly and comfortably over your teeth without interfering with your breathing, speaking, or swallowing. They can also reduce jaw pain or headaches caused by teeth grinding or clenching.
Custom mouthguard appliances can enhance athletic performance by improving your bite alignment, reducing fatigue, and increasing oxygen flow to your muscles. They can also boost your confidence and focus, knowing your teeth are well-protected.
Who Can Benefit from Mouthguards?
Mouthguards can benefit a variety of individuals, including:
- Athletes who participate in contact sports such as football, boxing, or hockey
- Individuals who suffer from teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism)
- Individuals with orthodontic braces or other dental appliances
Receiving a Custom Mouthguard
If you’re looking to receive a custom mouthguard, the first step is to schedule an appointment with a dental professional who specializes in sports dentistry or mouthguard fabrication, such as Dr. Saad. From there, the process is simple:
- A dental technician will design a customized mouthguard based on the 3D model that fits your teeth and bite.
- You can choose from a range of features, such as ventilation holes, lip guards, or straps for your custom mouthguard.
- Once your mouthguard is ready, you’ll return to our Birmingham dental office to have it fitted and adjusted to your mouth.
- Dr. Saad will ensure the mouthguard fits securely and comfortably and provide instructions on how to clean, store, and use it properly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you sleep with a mouthguard?
Yes, you can sleep with a mouthguard if you have been prescribed a special type of mouthguard for sleep apnea or teeth grinding. However, it’s not recommended to use a sports mouthguard or a boil-and-bite mouthguard for sleeping as they may cause discomfort and hinder your breathing.
Is there a difference between a mouthguard and a nightguard?
Yes, there is a difference between a mouthguard and a nightguard. A mouthguard can protect your teeth and gums from impact and injury during sports or other physical activities. A nightguard, on the other hand, is designed to protect your teeth from grinding or clenching during sleep.
Do you have to wash your mouthguard every night?
Yes, you should clean your mouthguard every night with soap and warm water to remove bacteria and debris that may have accumulated on it. Rinse your mouthguard before and after each use to prevent contamination.
Can I drink water with my night guard in?
Yes, you can drink water with your night guard in. It’s best to drink only water while wearing a night guard as other beverages can stain or damage the guard. Additionally, it’s important to clean the night guard thoroughly after drinking anything other than water to prevent bacteria buildup.
Keep Your Teeth Protected with Mouthguards from Dr. Saad
If you’re interested in getting a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth during sports or other physical activities, make an appointment with our skilled dentist serving Berkley, Beverly Hills, and Pontiac, MI.
Don’t wait until it’s too late – invest in your oral health and peace of mind today by scheduling a consultation for a custom mouthguard with Dr. Saad. Call our office at 248-646-3515 or fill out our online contact form to book your appointment.