Night and Athletic Guards

There are several reasons why damage to teeth occurs, however, sometimes it can be avoided.  Mouth guards are designed to prevent gradual and blunt trauma, depending on the need of the wearer.  There are two major types of mouth guards—athletic and night.  Topanga Dental creates mouth guards that are customized to your dental situation and lifestyle.

Topanga Athletic Guards

Contact sports and high intensity activities often necessitate the use of protective mouth guards. Instead of using a generic guard that could be quite uncomfortable, why not use a customized guard that contours to your mouth.  Yet, that is another reason why you should consider a custom athletic guard.  If you persist in using generic guards, you could slowly cause misalignment of your teeth.

Topanga Night Guards

Night guard is tool made of plastic. It is customized to perfectly fit your upper and lower teeth. With its use, you can prevent the teeth grinding. Even though it is called night guard, it can still be during the day. Dr. Maria Saguin also recommends night guard to:

  • Enhance breathing at night
  • Minimizing jaw clicking and popping at night
  • Prevent jaw muscle spasms
  • Minimize grinding during sports activities
  • Prevent grinding during stressful situations


Soft or Hard

People suffering from mild cases of teeth grinding are recommended to use the soft night guards as these are made from thick poly vinyl material. This type gives enough remedies for such cases. Those who suffer from severe bruxism issues need to invest on the more durable type which is the hard night guards. These are made from hard material of heat cured acrylic.

Proper Care of Night Guards

After every use, night guards should be gently cleaned using liquid soap with a soft bristle toothbrush and rinsed under cool clean water. This helps to remove any saliva or plaque accumulation on the surface.

Always air dry your night guard in a cool and clean spot before storing it. Always store your night guard in the proper case given to you by your dentist. This helps it remain clean and germ free. To ensure proper fit, it is important that you bring your night guard during your bi-annual check-up.