Mouth Guards & Retainers in Houston, TX

Mouth Guards & Retainers in Houston, TX

Along with brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist regularly, another thing you can do to take care of your teeth is to wear a mouthguard if you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) or if you play a sport. There are several types available, but to receive the highest quality and best protection, visit us at OASIS Modern Dentistry and Orthodontics for a custom-made mouth guard in Houston.

What Are They?

A mouthguard is a covering worn on the teeth to keep them protected from damage, either from teeth grinding or oral injury. Not only do they protect the teeth, however, but they also protect the soft tissues of the mouth, such as the cheeks and tongue. We recommend using one to promote the health of your teeth.

Who Needs One?

Mouthguards are recommended for both children and adults who participate in contact sports like football, boxing, hockey, basketball, or lacrosse. Even non-contact sports and recreational activities like gymnastics and skateboarding present the threat of oral injury, however, so if you are active in those past-times, you could also benefit from the use of a mouth guard.

Common Types

There are three types of mouth guards available. The type that you choose may largely depend on cost, as they each provide a different level of comfort and protection.

  • Stock: Stock mouth guards come ready to wear and can be found over the counter. They are the most affordable type of mouth guard since they cannot be customized. They may be convenient but are bulky and uncomfortable. They can make breathing difficult and do not provide the best protection for the teeth.
  • Boil-and-bite: Boil-and-bite mouth guards are also available over the counter, but can be customized somewhat, offering more comfort than stock mouth guards. They must be heated up to make them moldable. The mouth guard then needs to be placed in the mouth to allow it to be molded around the teeth.
  • Custom-made mouth guards: This type of mouth guard provides the highest degree of protection as well as comfort. At our office, we use precise measurements and high-quality materials to form durable, reliable mouth guards for patients in Houston.

With a mouth guard from Dr. Arthur, whether it is a night guard to protect against bruxism or a sports guard, you can have confidence that your teeth will be protected. We also provide retainers for our patients post-orthodontic treatment.

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