Mouth Guards FAQ
Mouth Guards for TMJ, Sleeping, and More
DentAlign NYC provides mouthguards to New York City patients. Patients can use them to treat various conditions, including temporomandibular joint disorder, sleep apnea, and athletic competition. Our practice utilizes state-of-the-art technology to fabricate mouthguards that fit like a glove. Our preciseness ensures our patients receive a top-notch device capable of getting the job done. We understand that many individuals may only think of mouthguards as something an athlete would wear. So we’ve compiled some of the questions most frequently asked of our dental team. You can find the answers you need to receive the treatment you require.
What Do Mouth Guards Do?
DentAlign NYC fabricates many kinds of mouthguards. Some treat certain conditions better than others, so we base our decision on your oral health. Some mouth guards have pads separating your upper and lower teeth. Others absorb the pressure created when individuals clench their jaws. All of our mouthguards are comfortable and effective. The guards relax your jaw and prevent you from placing too much pressure on your mouth. We’ve got a mouthguard style to treat bruxism, sleep apnea, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
What Materials Do You Use to Fabricate a Mouth Guard?
It varies. We make some of our mouth guards from a type of plastic called acrylic. Other mouthguards might use acetate, vinyl, or rubber as primary materials. We also create mouthguards comprised of a combination of two or more elements. We ensure quality by using a hard material on the outside to keep the mouthguard intact and a softer one on the inside for comfort. Combining hard and soft elements makes the mouthguard more durable.
How Do I Clean My Teeth’s Mouth Guards?
We make mouthguards from quality materials for a reason: The cleaning process destroys subpar guards. You should clean yours regularly. Always rinse it in warm water when you remove it from your mouth to get rid of debris and plaque. When you brush your teeth before going to sleep, clean the guard too. Bacteria can grow on the guard if you aren’t careful. To avoid bacteria growth, allow the guard to dry completely before storing it – and always keep it in a case. Once a week, you need to deep clean the mouthguard. There are over-the-counter denture cleaners that work well. But you can also mix vinegar and hydrogen peroxide and soak it for 30 minutes. Finally, clean the case.
Can Mouth Guards Treat TMJ?
Yes. We design mouth guards to treat temporomandibular joint disorder. Most people who experience this condition gnash or grind their teeth and a mouth guard will prevent them from doing so. TMJ also happens when the jaws are overly active. A well-constructed mouth guard will loosen the jaw. If you experience jaw aches, pain extending to your face, clicking or popping sounds, or can’t open your mouth wide, contact us for an assessment.
What Do I Need to Know About Mouth Guards for Snoring?
Sleep apnea is a common condition with potentially severe consequences. Patients who have sleep apnea stop breathing for periods as they sleep. The combination of heavy snoring and breathing stoppages can strain the heart. Fortunately, sleep apnea treatments are more comfortable than ever. A simple dental mouth guard can make a huge difference. We can fabricate a mandibular advancement device (MAD) or a tongue retaining mouthpiece, either of which will reduce your snoring and improve your health. They are much more comfortable to wear than CPAP masks.
Will a Mouth Guard Prevent Me from Grinding My Teeth?
That’s why we make them. Mouth guards act as a sort of buffer between upper and lower teeth. Most people who grind their teeth (called bruxism) are unaware they do so. Stress and anxiety are the most common driving forces. Bruxism can cause problems. TMJ and chronic headaches are the two most common side effects. You don’t have to wear a mouth guard all day. Wearing one at night will help with your tooth grinding problem.
When Should I Wear My Mouth Guard?
Wear them any time you want to. Modern mouth guards do not keep you from speaking clearly. Most people remove the guard during daytime hours. The best time to utilize it is at night and during prime jaw-clenching hours. Paying attention to your stress levels is crucial to using the guard effectively. For instance, if your job or commute stresses you out, you should consider wearing your mouth guard on the way to work. Wearing a mouth guard while preparing a meal is another idea.
Contact DentAlign NYC to Schedule an Appointment
DentAlign NYC is fully-qualified to fix patients for mouth guards. We want you to live the most comfortable life possible. A mouth guard is your best shot at securing comfort in your waking and sleeping hours. Whether its bruxism or sleep apnea is plaguing you, we believe our mouth guards can help. We pledge to create a comfortable and effective guard that addresses your concerns. If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to give us a call. We can schedule an appointment and get to work on finding a solution to your problems.
Why choose us?
- Over 30 years of experience
- Complimentary consultation
- Invisalign Diamond Plus provider
- Located in the historic Chrysler Building
- Invisalign Provider for over 15 years