Custom-crafted mouth guards and night guards are made of firm yet flexible plastic and are molded specifically to fit the shape of a child’s teeth. Mouth guards are often used during physical activity such as boxing, football, basketball or other contact sports in which the mouth might get hit; they protect the jaw, tongue, cheek lining and teeth from impact.
Night guards, by contrast, are useful for patients who grind or clench their teeth while sleeping. Both types of guards generally last between three and 10 years.
Custom-made oral appliances like these can also help treat conditions such as sleep apnea and tempromandibular joints disorders, or TMJ (sometimes known, only sometimes accurately, as “lockjaw”).
If your child plays sports or is experiencing problems of any kind with his or her mouth, teeth or jaw, let us know — we can examine them to determine whether a guard or appliance will be a good choice, then take an impression of your child’s teeth to make a custom-fit guard that will suit his or her exact needs.