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At Dr. David Hakham, Dentist in Montebello, the sports guard is another mouth guard used to protect your smile from damage while participating in athletic activities. It is typically made of transparent plastic and is designed to fit over your upper teeth. It typically covers your upper teeth, top gums, and the roof of your mouth. A night guard is a mouthpiece, typically made of hard acrylic and designed to fit over your teeth. It typically covers your upper teeth, top gums, and the roof of your mouth. A night guard prevents teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw clenching.


Night Guards

A night guard is a retainer worn at night to help patients prevent teeth grinding or clenching. These retainers are custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth and can help prevent excessive wear over the patient’s teeth. Wearing a night guard can be especially helpful for people with bruxism or chronic teeth-grinding disorder. Because teeth grinding often occurs during sleep, it can be challenging for many patients to notice when they are grinding their molars together. This is why wearing a night guard can be helpful for these patients. 


How Do Night Guards Work?

Your dentist can fit you with a night guard, a small plastic device you put on before going to bed at night that helps prevent teeth grinding and clenching while you sleep. The device is worn on one or both sides of your mouth, depending on the severity of your symptoms.


Grinding your teeth at night puts a lot of pressure on your jaw muscles, which in turn causes pain and soreness in your cheeks, neck, shoulders, and back of your head. A night guard protects those muscles and tissues from wear and tear when teeth grind. The appliance prevents your upper and lower teeth from touching, so you do not develop abrasions, chips, or other painful conditions.


Sports Guards

A sports guard is worn during practice and competition to protect teeth from injury. This includes football, soccer, basketball, wrestling, hockey, boxing, and more. It can help to protect your jaw joint from injury or damage. Custom-made sports guards are generally created with acrylic material. They can also be adjusted to accommodate individuals with braces or other orthodontic work.


When Are Sports Guards Needed?

If you have a child or teen who plays a sport, it’s wise to consider getting him or her into the habit of wearing a sports guard. We recommend that children wear a mouthguard during most forms of play where physical contact is expected, including basketball, hockey, and football. We also recommend wearing one while playing baseball to prevent cracking a tooth on a ball if teeth are not protected. If you play a sport yourself, you may want to invest in a mouthpiece to protect your teeth and prevent chipping or fracturing. 


Get in touch with Dr. David Hakham, Dentist in Montebello, at 6451 Whittier Blvd, Montebello Los Angeles, CA 90022, or call (323) 728-0241 to schedule an appointment.

 

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6451 Whittier Blvd,
Montebello Los Angeles, CA 90022

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