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 to 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, there 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


When you want the upper and lower teeth rows to be covered, you should opt to get the full coverage night guards. This does not alter the bite of the user. On the other hand, when you are only looking to cover the part that is causing the condition, you need the partial coverage guards.

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 Guard

After every use, guards should cleansed using cool water.  At least once each week, it may require cleaning similar to how you brush your teeth.

In order to keep it away from bacteria build up, you need to ensure it is dry before use. To make sure that it is well fitted in your mouth, you may need to have it checked with us occasionally (usually during your bi-annual checkup).