Occlusal and sports guards are specially designed mouthguards designed to protect the teeth and surrounding tissues during sports activities and other physical activities, such as grinding of the teeth during sleep, or contact sports.
Mouthguards can help patients that suffer from bruxism or teeth grinding, or for those who play sports. Occlusal mouthguards help to protect your teeth while you sleep to prevent you from grinding or clenching down. Sports mouthguards are made for athletes, and help to protect your teeth from physical damage. A sport mouthguard is made with a thicker material, and covers both the jaw and gum area.
Occlusal Mouthguard: An occlusal mouthguard protects the surface of your teeth, and prevents the teeth from damage due to grinding. This helps patients that suffer from bruxism or teeth clenching. Occlusal guards are made out of a hard acrylic plastic, and are durable in order to be able to withstand teeth grinding. Our mouthguards are custom made to fit your mouth, do not cause irritation, and are comfortable when worn. Occlusal mouthguards allow you to sleep soundly while protecting your teeth.
Sports Mouthguard: Sports mouthguards are made of a softer material, and this is so the guard can absorb a blow or sudden impact. Sports mouthguards cover not only the surface of your teeth, but they also cover your gums. Custom made sports mouthguards are fit perfectly to your mouth, and are comfortable when worn during your favorite sports. Our custom guards allow your athlete to still talk or communicate, but provide outstanding protection from injury.
Custom mouthguards are more effective compared to store bought guards, but they are custom fit to your mouth shape and size. At OC Graceful Smiles, we provide a detailed consultation to discuss what type of mouthguard may work best for you. Depending on your need, and the condition of your teeth, will determine which mouthguard is preferred. We take molds of your teeth, and our process can make you a comfortable guard that is durable. Our mouthguards can properly protect your teeth either at night or during sporting events. Our guards are comfortable, and we ensure the guard fits snug to avoid irritation.
If you are interested in finding out more about occlusal or sports mouthguards, OC Graceful Smiles can help. We provide a detailed consultation to determine what type of guard will work best, and give the highest level of care to all of our patients. Our facility uses state of the art technology and equipment, in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
If you grind your teeth at night, or need extra protection during sporting events, we encourage you to make an appointment to see how a mouthguard can benefit you.
To schedule your appointment with us contact OC Graceful Smiles, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!
A custom–fitted occlusal guard is most effective in providing protection while allowing the athlete to have clear speech, unrestricted airway, and maximum comfort.
An occlusal guard is a custom–fitted plastic splint designed to protect teeth from damage caused by grinding or clenching. It is most often worn while sleeping, but it can also be used for athletic activities when an appropriate sports guard is worn.
Occlusal guards help protect athletes from damage to the teeth caused by grinding or clenching of teeth during athletic activities. They also help protect other oral structures such as the jaw joint from damage due to teeth contact.
Sports guards should be replaced on an annual basis or sooner if the guard is damaged or does not fit properly anymore. This ensures that the guard stays in the best condition to provide the greatest amount of protection.