Mouth Guards at Portal Dental Care: Your Best Defense Against Dental Damage
What Exactly Are Mouth Guards?
Commonly referred to as oral protectors or sports shields, mouth guards are removable dental devices specifically engineered to provide a barrier against potential tooth damage. Ideal for athletes or individuals prone to teeth grinding while sleeping, these oral protectors are your first line of defense for maintaining optimal dental health.
At Portal Dental Care, we understand the various needs and specifications for these guards, offering materials ranging from premium plastics to specialized formulations that shield your upper set of teeth against any form of dental mishap.
How Should Mouth Guards Be Worn?
Usually, these dental guards are designed to fit snugly over your upper teeth, which in turn offers protection for your lower set. While upper dental guards are more commonly used, our team at Portal Dental Care also provides customized solutions for your lower teeth to ensure complete comfort and safety.
Different Types of Mouth Guards
The world of mouth guards is diverse, offering multiple types based on the intended use and material composition.
- Over-The-Counter Guards:
These are your most affordable, store-bought options. Although not personalized to your dental structure, they serve as a quick, temporary solution and come in various sizes. But remember, these are generally less comfortable and may not fit perfectly.
- Thermoform Guards:
Often found in retail stores, these guards offer a closer fit due to their thermoplastic composition. Known as ‘thermoform’ because they can be boiled and then molded to your teeth, these are generally good for short-term applications.
- Tailor-Made Guards:
These are the pinnacle of dental protection, created precisely to the contours of your oral structure. At Portal Dental Care, your dental health is our priority. Our skilled professionals conduct an in-depth oral examination, create dental impressions, and send them to our specialized lab where your bespoke mouth guard is created.
Who Needs a Mouth Guard?
Contact sports are fun but risky. To protect your teeth and jaw, make a mouth guard part of your standard gear. For optimal safety, go for a custom-made guard.
Active children, especially those playing sports, are at risk for dental injuries. Custom-made mouth guards provide a snug fit and essential protection, helping to keep their smiles healthy as they grow.
If you suffer from teeth grinding, a custom night guard can alleviate symptoms and protect your dental health, reducing wear and potential TMJ issues.
Can You Wear a Mouth Guard With Braces?
Contrary to popular belief, having braces doesn’t eliminate the need for extra protection. In fact, braces can make a facial injury even more complicated. At Portal Dental Care, we have the expertise to craft mouth guards that are compatible with your braces, ensuring that you are doubly protected.
How to Maintain Your Mouth Guard
Proper care can greatly extend the life of your mouth guard:
- Rinse it with water after each use and before storing it.
- Place it in a breathable container to allow for air circulation.
- Examine it periodically for signs of wear and tear.
- Bring it along to your regular dental check-ups at Portal Dental Care for professional assessment.
Take the Next Step for Dental Safety
Don’t leave your dental health to chance when a custom solution is just a phone call away. Located at 12035 Bammel N. Houston Rd., Houston, TX, 77066, Portal Dental Care offers top-of-the-line, personalized mouth guards designed with your well-being in mind. Protect your teeth and enjoy peace of mind during your physical activities. To get started on your custom-fitted mouth guard, call us today at (832) 286-1014 to schedule your consultation.