Whether you’re a keen sports player or a mouth grinder, there is a mouthguard for you. Mouthguards can do a lot of good for a lot of people, but they come in a variety of styles that will suit some individuals more than others. Here, we will guide you through the various types available.
These are less for those who dream of playing in the rugby final and more for the teeth grinders. Nightguards are worn when sleeping and help to prevent jaw deterioration as a result of tooth grinding. Night-time teeth grinding will often lead to headaches, face and jaw pain, earaches and clicking jaw joints and can also damage your teeth and enamel, as well disrupting the sleep of you (and your partner). Nightguards provide a reasonably cost-effective alternative to these problems for patients in South Dublin, as they provide a cushion between the teeth.
Contact sports are a dental minefield, but many issues can be avoided through the use of a sportsguard. It should be noted that participants in other non-contact sports or activities, such as mountain biking or skateboarding, may also benefit from a mouthguard for when accidents occur. Sport mouthguards provide a protective cushion around the teeth, helping to prevent damage. Although these can be bought in stores, a mouthguard fitted by your dentist will offer the best protection.
In contrast to the two types listed above, Essix retainers do not so much cushion the teeth as hold them in place. Essix retainers consist of clear, strong plastic and are used post-treatment to ensure that your teeth will stay in place. They are designed to provide optimum comfort and would mostly be worn when sleeping, though wearing them for a few hours during the day may also be recommended.