night guard vs sports guards glendale

Sports Mouth Guard

Nothing disrupts a game more than a dental emergency. It is common to experience dental trauma or injury in sports. A sports mouthguard protects the upper teeth from trauma and injuries. It serves as a protective shield for your teeth and gums in case your mouth is exposed to accidents while playing games like football or basketball.

Sports guards are commonly available at stores selling sporting goods. However, these mouth guards cannot be customized and require players to clench their teeth for protection constantly.

At AZ Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we can customize the PlaySafe Sports guard according to the size of your jaw. Sports guards designed at our office are unique to each patient and fit perfectly without any effort.

Night Guard

Nightguards are designed for people who grind and clench their teeth when sleeping. They absorb the impact of grinding and clenching. Nightguards do not treat the problem of grinding and clenching but prevent the damage it causes to the teeth.

Our dentists in Glendale recommend nightguards to anyone likely to clench or grind their teeth during the night.

The Difference Between Sports Guards and Night Guards

Both sports guards and night guards protect the teeth but in different ways. Nightguards are specifically designed for patients who grind and clench their teeth.

Clenching and grinding causes sensitivity, tight neck and jaw muscles, headaches, and damage to the teeth’ enamel. So, nightguards protect the teeth and allow you to wake up without jaw or tooth pain.

Nightguards are made of hard plastic and only cover the surface of your teeth and not the gums. In comparison, sports guards cover all your teeth, including the gums. They are made of a thicker material compared to nightguards to cushion against impact or trauma.

Store-bought sports guards may cause infection by trapping bacteria and toxins in the gums. So, customized sports and mouth guards made with professional assistance are ideal for protecting your teeth and gums.

If you are looking for night mouth guards, contact our dentists in Glendale for further assistance.

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