Mouthguards have helped millions of athletes protect their teeth while playing sports. Custom mouth guards, made by a dentist to perfectly fit onto people’s teeth, are even more effective in the way they work because they cushion the force or impact in a more efficient manner. However, there are many other uses for customized mouth guards besides sports.
Bruxism is something that affects a very large amount of people. It is the act of grinding your teeth, often while sleeping, and it can have a huge effect on your dental health. Grinding puts a lot of stress and pressure on the jaw, which can eventually lead to TMJ, a disorder that greatly affects the jaw. Grinding can also cause considerable damage to the teeth through cracks, chips and worn down biting surfaces.
A custom mouth guard works by absorbing the force of the night grinding and cushioning it. This helps prevent damage to the teeth and can also reduce the stress on the jaw. Getting a custom-designed mouth guard made by your dentist is a smart way to stave off bruxism and prevent TMJ from occurring.
Many people also suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder that causes people to stop breathing while they are sleeping. This could last for a few seconds, but could last up to a minute and cause the person to wake with a startling sound. This greatly disturbs their sleep pattern along with the person’s partner as well.
Sleep apnea is most often caused by soft tissue blocking the airways from a variety of reasons. A custom mouth guard works by forcing the jaw into a comfortable position that encourages the airways to be open while also preventing the soft tissue from getting in the way. Some people will have to resort to sleep apnea appliances as apnea worsens, so investing in a custom mouth guard earlier can not only help your health, but pad your wallet a bit as well.