Custom Mouth Guards in NYC
We make custom fitted mouth guards to alleviate stress on the temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) which may be resulting in soreness or pain.
NTI and Thermofit™ Night Guards
Bruxism is a condition that causes clenching and/or grinding of teeth. This causes additional, unnecessarily stress on tooth surfaces and can lead to TMJ pain. Often, people with bruxism are unaware that they are clenching or grinding their teeth, especially if it happens during sleep.
We make both NTI night guards and Thermofit™ guards to help with bruxism. NTI night guards are custom-made to cover only the front teeth to reduce the intensity of the clenching and/or grinding. Thermofit™ guards are thinner than traditional mouth guards, but they become flexible under hot water, allowing them to better conform to the exact shape of your teeth for easier insertion and improved comfort.
In addition, many sports require athletes to use a mouth guard to protect their teeth while practicing and playing. Frequently used in contact sports, the mouth guard covers the gums and teeth to provide protection for lips, gums, teeth, and arches. A properly fitted mouth guard can reduce the severity of dental injuries.
Pre-formed, ready-to-wear mouth guards can be purchased inexpensively at many sporting stores, but they do not always fit well. They can be uncomfortable and can interfere with talking and even breathing. Sporting goods stores also offer semi-custom mouth guards in which the plastic is heated and then the athlete bites on it while still warm to provide some level of custom fit.
Our office can make a custom mouth guard by taking an impression of your teeth and then creating a device fitted to your mouth for the highest level of both comfort and protection. A custom fitted mouth guard can be particularly important for athletes who wear braces.
Be sure to bring your mouth guard to your dental appointments, so we can be sure it still fits you well.