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What Are Mouth Guards?

Mouthguards, sports guards or mouth protectors are removable appliances that protect your teeth against damage during sports and against nighttime grinding or clinching.

 What Are Mouth Guards?

Mouth guards, sports guards or mouth protectors are removable appliances to dentures that protect your teeth against damage during sports and against nighttime grinding or clinching. Although each type of mouth guard may differ in their purpose, they are all are made of acrylic plastic material to cover your teeth (usually the upper arch) to support and protect your dentition from fracture, damage or trauma.

 

How Are They Worn?

Mouth guards are generally worn on the upper teeth. They are designed in such a way that they will also provide protection to lower teeth. In certain situations, mouth guards can be made for lower teeth also but typically upper night guards are more comfortable for the patient.

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What are the Different Types of Mouth Guards?

There are three broad types of mouth guards, which differ primarily on the way they are made:

  • Stock mouth guards are available prefabricated and ready to use. These are typically the least expensive, and you can buy them over the counter and immediately put them on. They are available in most sports stores and groceries. Stock mouth guards are mass produced in two or three sizes therefore they are not the most accurately fitting. These are typically very bulky and awkward, which make talking and breathing difficult. These are the least favored by dentists due to its inaccuracy in its fit, which can lead to further jaw and teeth issues in the future.
  • Boil and bite mouth guards can also be bought at most stores and generally provide a better fit than stock mouth guards. These are originally made from thermoplastic materials which tend to melt when they are boiled. In the molten state you bite on them and mold them with fingers and the tongue to obtain the best fit, hence the name “boil and bite” mouth guards. Additionally, these are made of a thinner material because they have to be molded with hands, which makes these less robust and rigid. Although they provide a closer fit than stock mouth guards, it is only recommended for a short-term use because they can shift your teeth with chronic use and can cause issues in the long run.
  • Custom-made mouth guards– these are custom made mouth guards using impressions taken of your teeth in a dental office which are then sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication. Though these are the most expensive out of the three options, it provides the most accurate fit and is the most effective option to provide protection for your teeth.
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Who Needs a Mouth Guard?

 Mouth guards are mainly used for protecting the teeth and jaw joints from accidental injuries during sports. When playing contact sports like boxing and wrestling, and even non-contact sports like baseball, cricket, skateboarding, etc., there is a risk of injury to the teeth. A mouth guard will normally protect against it.

 

Can I Wear a Mouth Guard if I Wear Braces?

Yes! If you are wearing braces and you get injured or hit in the face, your braces can do damage to your surrounding gums or cheeks. An accurately-fitting mouth guard may be particularly important in such situations. Your dentist or orthodontist should provide the best advice on the appropriate form of the guard for your mouth.

How to Care for My Mouth Guard?

Make it a routine to:

  • Rinse the mouth guard with water or a mouth rinse every time when you remove it or put it on. It can also be cleaned with soapy water and a brush.
  • Store the mouth guard in a perforated (to permit air circulation). Acrylic mouth guards must be kept wet is a soaking solution or fresh water. When storing, keep it cool, avoiding exposure to sunlight and high temperature.
  • Check your mouth guard frequently for wear. If you find any holes or tears or if it becomes loose or does not fit comfortably, replace it.
  • Have your mouth guard inspected by your dentist at regular checkup

What Happens If You Don’t Wear A Mouth Guard During Sports?

Mouth guards are designed to prevent accidental injuries to the oral tissues during active contact sports. If sportsmen do not wear mouth guards, they are vulnerable to the following types of injuries or problems:

  • Chipped or Fractured Teeth – teeth can fracture due to a direct blow to the teeth during contact sports. This can be easily prevented by wearing mouth guards.
  • Damaged Dental Prostheses – if a mouth guard is not worn, an accidental impact on the face can lead to the fracture of dental prostheses like crowns, bridges and other prostheses.
  • Injuries Associated with the Jaw Joints – An injury to one or both the jaw joints can result in serious problems such as difficulty in speech and eating, and limited mouth opening. The mouth guards are helpful in preventing direct or indirect trauma to the jaw joints during field or contact sports.
  • Injury to the Lips and Oral Soft Tissues – during contact sports, there is a chance that teeth may accidentally bite on the tongue or cheeks, leading to a serious injury. Another use of a mouth guard is to prevent the oral soft tissues from damage.

Mouth guards are designed for your protection. Wearing them during sports can prevent you from serious damage to your teeth, gums and other dental structures. If you are a sportsman and you don’t have a habit of wearing one, then you should visit your dentist immediately for getting custom-made mouthguards, so that you can enjoy the sports without having any fear of dental injuries.

What If I Want to Stop Nighttime Grinding?

Mouth guards can be used for both protection from external trauma and sporting injuries and for nighttime grinding and clinching. However, mouth guards are only placed on the upper arch of the mouth and primarily meant for sporting events. If you suffer from nighttime grinding and clinching, then the ideal device would be a night guard.

Night guards are similar to mouth guards — both of them protect your teeth from damages and external trauma. Both can be used for sporting events and for nighttime grinding and bruxism. However, night guards are specifically designed for people who suffer from bruxism, teeth clenching, or loud snoring and sleep apnea.

Night guards are plastic devices that protect both your upper and lower teeth. Teeth grinding and clenching is common during sleep or even during the day. You may unconsciously be clenching your teeth through stressful situations or other factors that induce anxiety. Treating the root cause of bruxism is difficult because it’s often caused by psychological reasons, which is why night guards serve as a quick solution to prevent tooth wear and damage.

If you continue grinding your teeth too often, it may also lead to issues like cracks, fractures, cavities, and severe teeth wear. Over time, these issues can spread and you may need root canal treatment or you may need to extract teeth from their root, both of which are extremely painful and expensive procedures. Beside these extreme issues, you will also suffer from toothaches, tooth sensitivity, changed bite, and many other problems.

However, with night guards, you can put an end to all of those problems. If you have a mouth guard already, you may continue using them as both of them serve similar purposes. However, if you suffer from severe grinding and bruxism, it’s better to get a night guard — one that’s specifically meant for that problem. A mouth guard may work, but it won’t be nearly as efficient as a night guard.

Daniela Garza
Daniela Garza
19:33 09 Jul 19
Loved the service and the in-depth personalized advice they give you! The staff is great and very knowledgeable. The location and atmosphere is modern and state of the art! Loved it 👍
Elva Koehn
Elva Koehn
22:11 17 Jun 19
I went in after having procrastinated for years because of my dental phobia. From the moment I walked in to their office, I felt at ease. The dental assistant, hygienist and Dr. Bridget made me feel so at ease and explained everything they were doing, every step of the way. I’ve never had such a great dental experience, as I did today. Highly recommend.
Nijah Watson
Nijah Watson
21:52 31 May 19
Best dentist office visit ever! Not only are the staff charismatic, they are very knowledgeable too. They took the time to go over my X-rays with me and made sure I understood what everything was, down to the payment options. They did not rush my exam at all. There was no wait time from the moment I walked in the door to the moment my exam was completed. The office itself lives up to its name with the urban decor. It is also very clean. I would recommend anyone to come here if you're looking for competent, patient, and kind dentist and staff!
Eduardo Mora
Eduardo Mora
19:53 22 May 19
I went in today and they really made me feel comfortable. The staff was extremely friendly and you can tell they make customer service a priority. They made sure the music playing was to my liking and made sure I was comfortable in my chair. The dentist was very knowledgeable and explained the whole process to me in a way that I can understand. I don't like going to the dentist, I don't know anyone that does, but I am glad I went to URBN Dental and wold recommend it to anyone looking for a dentist.
Hilary Rochelle
Hilary Rochelle
20:52 08 May 19
I’m so impressed with Urban Dental. Went having sever pain. New patient! The staff and dentist were amazing . So warm and caring. I will continue coming here for all dental needs. Completely satisfied in every way .
Ryan Zhen
Ryan Zhen
22:28 07 May 19
Just a few days after a visit with Dr. Bridget and I already feel the positive effects on my dental hygiene. She gave helpful and practical tips to brushing and flossing to make my routine more enjoyable. Everyone at URBN Dental Uptown was attentive and courteous to my needs from handling the insurance/financials to ensuring a pain/mess-free cleaning and filling. Looking forward to returning with improved dental health!
Lemond Deleo
Lemond Deleo
20:08 29 Apr 19
The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately.So the wait time for my first appointment was basically non-existent. I’m not sure if it’s normally like this or if it’s just a coincidence. Regardless, it was very nice to see the staff and dentists in perfect sync with servicing the customers as quickly and efficiently as possible.My first appointment here was primarily because I had a painful sensation on the bottom right of my tooth. It turned out to be a cavity as I expected. The dentist explained the procedure for a filling and I agreed to go through with it on my next appointment. Thank you for an honest experience that resulted in me learning what the problem with my tooth was.
Jennifer Bell
Jennifer Bell
19:59 29 Apr 19
Very satisfied with my recent experience at this dentist. As a first time customer, I walked in with low expectations, since I find this mentality to be effective for softening the blow if it turns out to be a disappointing service.Well, it turned out to be above average service from the staff at the front desk and the dentists themselves. They are all very professional and the dentists working here are patient when it comes to answering questions. I felt fully fulfilled after leaving the dental office. I’ll definireky be back.
Julia Bleck
Julia Bleck
14:21 05 Apr 19
I've never been to a more thorough and comprehensive dental appointment as the one at URBN Dental! They went over all of the photos and x-rays with me in detail to help explain all of the issues I had, and it's the first time I fully feel like I understand why I need to floss more consistently. They taught me how to properly floss and brush, and I even got a new electric toothbrush with my appointment. Would definitely recommend.
Rachel Richardson
Rachel Richardson
17:30 26 Mar 19
I was immediately greeted by friendly faces when i came in! Online scheduling and patient paperwork made it so easy to get an appointment with no waiting to go back to the room. Every person of staff from front desk, hygienist to dentist introduced themselves to me and took the time to explain everything they were doing. I’ve never had a dentist actually sit down and explain the biology behind flossing, bone health, nerve health etc. it was great to feel like I was being taken care of by true professionals. They were also very explanatory of exactly what my insurance covered and the cost breakout of all of my services. I would recommend this office to any of my friends and family.
Margarita Muro
Margarita Muro
01:28 21 Feb 19
The URBN Dental office is very beautiful! It is modern with natural wood and emerald green elements. I went in for my regular cleaning and exam after looking up 5+ dental offices in the area. I recently moved to uptown and am extremely happy to have found URBN Dental. The Hygienist, Angela, did not only give my advice in regards to my dental hygiene techniques, she educated me which made me more eager to go home and carry out my new routine. Dr. Bridget was very kind, answered all my questions, and gave me a great referral for my wisdom teeth extractions. I will be returning for all of my preventative and general dental needs!
Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including:Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works).They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude.GREAT aftercare package.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
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Our patients love being treated at our locations, with consistent 5-star ratings across the board.
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I can honestly say I had the best experience at URBN Dental. I am new in town and had a emergency. The staff was able to get me in asap and took very good care of me. Everyone worked as a team to ensure that all my needs were meet. I felt important! I was treated as if I was the only patient in the office. I found my Dental home!

The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately.

Very knowledgeable and informative, explaining all your x-ray and imagery and in creating a course of treatment. The staff is friendly and definitely concerned with their patients. Comfortable environment.

I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit!

Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I’ve had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white.

They were very prompt and professional. I felt very comfortable in the visit. They have good exam specials without any hidden fees. I have found me a permanent dentist office. Thanks URBN staff.

URBN Dental provided great service and they were all so nice. They did a great job communicating with me and i would recommend to all.

I had a root canal and a crown done here, the entire process took about an hour. Will be back in 2 weeks for my final crown! Great doctor, great staff.


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