Custom Mouthguards In Gig Harbor, WA

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What Is a Mouthguard?

Mouthguards, also known as nightguards or sports guards, are appliances used for protecting your teeth from injury or damage. These custom-made oral appliances are designed to fit perfectly over your teeth, allowing you to enjoy an active lifestyle without worrying about dental accidents. We also recommend mouthguards for patients suffering from teeth grinding, or bruxism. 

At Sound Bridge Dental Arts, if you’re in need of a mouthguard, we’ll customize it specifically for your mouth. We strive to protect your beautiful smile and help you maintain your oral health in the best ways possible. Learn how Dr. Bloomquist and our exceptional team can provide you with a unique mouthguard for the utmost safety and protection.

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How Mouthguards Benefit You

Your custom mouthguard will help protect your teeth, gums, jaw, and other parts of your mouth from damage or dental trauma. They’re essential for adding protection to your oral health when participating in sports activities or from teeth grinding. Mouthguards are the most effective way to avoid tedious dental work due to accidents and ensure your smile’s appearance stays intact. 

If you’re looking for a mouthguard, Dr. Bloomquist has you covered. We’ll create custom, high-quality appliances with our advanced technology. Our team will examine your mouth, take impressions of your teeth, and send them to a dental laboratory where your custom mouthguard will be created.

Mouthguard Types

There are a variety of different types of mouthguards to choose from based on your specific needs and budget. 

Stock Mouthguards

This is the most affordable and widely available mouthguard option. Stock mouthguards feature three sizes of small, medium, and large and typically only cover the top set of teeth. While they’re inexpensive and easily accessible, these mouthguards can be uncomfortable due to their limited size options and don’t always provide a tight fit. 

Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards

Similar to stock mouthguards, boil-and-bite mouthguards are found in most drugstores and are relatively inexpensive. This type of mouthguard comes in one size that you’ll customize to your bite. To create your custom-fit, you’ll boil the mouthguard until it softens and place it over your front teeth, biting down.

Custom-Made Mouthguards

Professional custom-created mouthguards are made by your dentist. They’ll take high-quality impressions and molds of your teeth and use them to make your mouthguard specifically for the structure of your teeth and mouth. This provides you with a more precise fit than either stock or boil-and-bite mouthguards. A custom mouthguard is more comfortable and harder to accidentally dislodge while sleeping.

Mouthguard Care

Taking good care of your mouthguard is essential in protecting it from damage and maximizing its longevity. To get the most out of your mouthguard, we recommend following these guidelines:

  • Brush and floss your teeth before placing your mouthguard.
  • Rinse your mouthguard with cold water or mouthwash before putting it in your mouth as well as after taking it out. Avoid using hot water, which can warp it. 
  • Use a toothbrush with toothpaste to clean your mouthguard. 
  • Bring your mouthguard to your dental appointments so we can ensure that it fits and functions properly.
  • Store your mouthguard in a hard container with ventilation for protection and allow it to completely dry between uses. 

It’s important to remember that mouthguards aren’t designed to last forever. Replace your mouthguard as soon as you see any holes or signs of wear and tear, or every two to three years. If you opt for stock or boil-and-bite mouthguards, you may need to replace them more frequently.

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Protect Your Smile

Sound Bridge Dental Arts have the oral appliances you need to keep your smile safe from damage and dental trauma. To learn more about how to receive a custom mouthguard from Dr. Bloomquist, contact us. To schedule an appointment, call our Gig Harbor office at (253) 857-4114 or you can fill out our online contact form.