A mouthguard is a custom-made device that protects your teeth from damage. At Bayside Orthodontics in Bayside, New York, orthodontic specialists Inna Gellerman, DDS, and Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS, create custom mouthguards for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), sleep apnea, teeth grinding, and more. To find out how you can benefit from a custom mouthguard, call Bayside Orthodontics or schedule an appointment online now.
A mouthguard is a removable device that’s custom-made for your teeth. The oral appliance fits over your top or bottom teeth to protect them from damage and to keep your bite in alignment.
While many drug stores sell over-the-counter (OTC) mouthguards, they don’t fit as snuggly as a custom-made oral appliance. A custom mouthguard from an orthodontic specialist is comfortable, durable, and effective because it molds to the exact shape of your smile.
The team at Bayside Orthodontics creates custom-made mouthguards to relieve the symptoms of:
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a condition that causes your top and bottom teeth to grind together. Without treatment, bruxism can erode your protective tooth enamel. Jaw clenching often accompanies teeth grinding, which can strain the muscles in your jaw. The condition can be painful and uncomfortable.
A mouthguard acts as a barrier between your teeth while you sleep. It prevents tooth damage and relieves pressure from your jaw muscles, so you wake up with less pain.
TMJ is a group of disorders that affects the hinge-like joints in your jaw. It can also strain the muscles and tendons that help these joints function properly. A mouthguard for TMJ shifts your lower jaw into a more comfortable position and relieves pressure from the muscles and joints in your jaw.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder in which you repeatedly stop and start breathing throughout the night. Individuals with OSA can stop breathing hundreds of times in a single night. OSA occurs when the muscles that control your breathing relax. That causes the tissue in the back of your throat to collapse, blocking your airways.
A mouthguard for sleep apnea gently pulls your jaw forward to prevent the tissues in your throat from collapsing.
A sports mouthguard fits over your teeth to protect your mouth against injuries. A sports mouthguard can prevent cracked or broken teeth, permanent tooth loss, and soft tissue injuries of the tongue and inner cheeks.
The first step in creating a custom-made mouthguard is diagnosing your condition. Once the team examines your teeth and takes digital X-rays, they can create the appropriate mouthguard for your condition.
With an iTero® intraoral scanner, the team takes highly accurate digital impressions of your mouth. Digital impressions are more comfortable and less time-consuming than traditional impressions.
Once your mouthguard is ready, you return to Bayside Orthodontics to pick it up. The team checks to make sure the appliance is comfortable and snug around your teeth.
To learn more about custom-made mouthguards, call Bayside Orthodontics or schedule an appointment online now.