Custom Mouthguards:
Protect Your Mouth and Teeth from Injury

Mouthguards are a protective oral device made of rubber or acrylic that fits onto the upper arch of teeth. In some cases, they can be prescribed for the lower teeth. Mouthguards function like a helmet for the teeth.

If you play contact sports, take part in high-risk physical activities, or struggle with TMJ or sleep issues like clenching, grinding, or snoring, then you may consider getting a mouthguard.

Who Might Need a Mouthguard?

Mouthguards are generally used in high-impact sports such as ice hockey or football, but they can also be worn at night to prevent teeth grinding and clenching. Mouthguards are used in the following cases:

  • Grinding or clenching the teeth (also known as bruxism)
  • If you have TMJ disorder (pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints)
  • Playing contact sports such as ice hockey, soccer, or football, or activities with a risk of falling and mouth injury such as rock climbing, skateboarding, or gymnastics
  • If you snore or have sleep apnea

What Are The Different Types of Custom Mouthguards?

There is a wide variety of mouthguards. You can purchase them online or in-store, but over-the-counter mouthguards often have negative side effects such as pain or unplanned and permanent changes to the bite and teeth position. We recommend booking an appointment with Dr. Sarah for a custom-made mouthguard. This will ensure your mouthguard offers the best protection for your teeth.

The different types of custom mouthguards:

  • Sports & Athletic mouthguards: These mouthguards are used during sports to prevent the risk of injury.
  • Grinding and Occlusal mouthguards: Grinding mouthguards are generally worn only at night to keep the teeth separate. This helps the wearer avoid grinding and also balances the bite, which can reduce muscle tension and TMJ inflammation.
  • Snoring and sleep apnea: Mouthguards for sleep apnea and snoring create space between the throat and airway while the patient sleeps.

If you require a mouthguard for sport or for sleep issues, get in touch with our practice today. You can book an appointment with Dr. Sarah Latterell to learn more about your options.