Nightguards and sportsguards both work to protect your teeth. Nightguards protect against tooth wear and sportsguards protect against tooth injury during sports.
Individuals who suffer from teeth grinding (bruxism) may find that a nightguard can help them to achieve a better quality of sleep, as well as preventing sore and tense muscles around the jaw from constant biting during the night. A night guard can also protect the teeth from wearing down due to grinding and pressure, which could otherwise cause thinning of the enamel and even make the teeth more prone to decay over time.
We are increasingly finding that a number of patients show signs of some degree of tooth wear due to clenching or grinding of their teeth. Over time as this habit continues, the height of the teeth becomes shorter and shorter. In severe cases this can lead to dental pain and also make restoration of these teeth very challenging.
Therefore using a nightguard is a simple preventative way to protect your teeth.
Sportsguards are often used to protect teeth during high contact sports. They are recommended by schools and sports associations and are worn by professional sports teams.
If you or your child participate in any kind of physical sport there is a risk of trauma to teeth. At Chalfont St Peter Dental Practice we custom-make sportguards to ensure they are an exact fit. An impression of your mouth is taken and a bespoke sportguard is constructed by our laboratory.