If playing sports is part of your daily routine, you must get the appropriate gear to protect yourself against heavy blows. Your teeth are strong but can crack after a hit, forcing dentists to perform a tooth extraction in extreme cases. Southern Smiles can provide custom-made bite guards so children and adults can care for their smiles when they’re out on the court, pitch, or field.
When Do You Need Bite Guards?
Bite guards are thick plastic trays that cover your upper teeth and serve as protection during contact sports or physical activity. Making them part of your athletic equipment reduces your chances of a dangerous fractured tooth or an unpleasant-looking crack. Bite guards also prevent enamel erosion by stopping your upper and lower teeth from being forced against each other in a match.
Patients might also need guards to treat other conditions, such as:
- TMJ disorder
- Sleep apnea
How Long Do Bite Guards Last?
Like night guards, bite guards usually last around a year if you rinse them properly and take care of your teeth. However, contact your dentist if you notice them warp, change their color, or have an unpleasant smell that doesn’t go away. Our team can give you a custom replacement when you need a change of bite guards.
Do You Need Bite Guards to Protect Your Teeth?
As a sports player, you shouldn’t overlook your oral health when you’re playing. With our personalized bite guards, you’ll only have to worry about the game. Contact us today to book a visit!