Your teeth are the hardest part of your body, but that doesn’t make them invincible or unbreakable. Whether you participate in sports, grind your teeth, or need something to keep your teeth straight, there’s an oral appliance specifically designed to protect your smile.
Our dentists can help design and fit you with a dental appliance to match your needs and your lifestyle. We are committed to helping you protect your mouth and teeth for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Which Dental Appliance is Right for You?
Wondering if a dental appliance is the right choice to protect your smile? Here are some of the most common oral appliances and their uses.
- Retainers - Retainers are often used during the last phase of orthodontic treatment, after braces have been removed. Without the use of a retainer, newly straightened teeth tend to shift back into their original position. Wearing a retainer at night will help your teeth maintain their new position, protecting your investment and your smile.
- Night Guards - A night guard is used to protect teeth from night grinding. It provides a protective barrier between your top and bottom teeth, and keeps them from being worn down. Night guards are made with a variety of materials depending on the rigidity needed to protect the teeth.
- Sports Mouthguards - Mouthguards that are specially designed for athletes have been shown to reduce the risk of sports-related dental injuries. The American Dental Association recommends a professionally-made custom mouthguard for all contact and collision sports.
Caring for your Dental Appliance
Dental appliances are exposed to bacteria and food particles, and should be cleaned and cared for on a regular basis. Here are a few tips for caring for your dental appliance.
- Rinse your dental appliance with cool water before you put it in. When you take it out, clean it with a mild soap and a toothbrush.
- Store your mouthguard in a designated, perforated container when not in use. This will allow for air circulation. Keep acrylic mouthguards in fresh, clean water.
- Keep your dental appliance out of direct sunlight or other heat sources, which may distort their shape.
- Bring your dental appliance to all dental visits so that your dentist can check for wear and tear or other problems.
Using a dental appliance can ensure that your teeth are protected from injury. If you think a dental appliance may be right for you, please give our office a call. Our team of dental professional will be happy to discuss your options and fit you with a device that will protect your teeth for years to come.