Mouthguards Give Your Teeth the Protection You Need

We can provide you with a wide variety of custom-made mouthguard options to protect your teeth against tooth grinding, sports injuries, or accidental injuries caused by wearing braces or retainers.

Mouthguards for Grinders/Bruxers

Many people often grind their teeth together at night or subconsciously throughout the day. The dental term for this is “bruxism.” This puts a lot of force on the teeth, which can cause severe damage to teeth, fillings, and crowns. People grind their teeth for multiple reasons, including:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep apnea

If you’ve had extensive dental work done to repair teeth grinding damage, we recommend a custom-made mouthguard to ensure that your teeth and dental work last as long as possible.

Mouthguards For Braces or Retainers

If you wear braces or a retainer, it is imperative you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and gums against potential injury accidentally caused by these devices.

Types of Mouthguards

There are three basic types of mouthguards to choose from: 

  • Pre-made mouthguards
  • “Boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguards
  • Custom-made mouthguards

When choosing a mouthguard, be sure to get one that:

  • Resists tearing
  • Fits your mouth comfortably
  • Is easy to clean
  • Does not interfere with your breathing 

Taking Care of Your Mouthguard

It’s important to take care of your mouthguard, store it properly, keep it clean, and know when to replace it with a new one. 

Here are a few simple ways to keep your mouthguard clean and working correctly:

  • Gently scrub it with a toothbrush and toothpaste after each use.
  • Store it in a protective case.
  • Do not leave it in the sun or hot water to prevent warping or melting.
  • Replace it at the start of every new sports season.
  • Replace a mouthguard that’s worn or no longer fits well.
  • Never wear a retainer and a mouthguard at the same time. 
  • If you wear braces, we can customize a mouthguard for you.
  • Do not chew on or cut pieces off your mouthguard.
  • Bring it to each dental checkup so we can make sure it’s still in good shape.

Get the Mouthguard That Safeguards Your Smile

Schedule an appointment at Valley Hills Dentistry in Hickory, NC, and we’ll show you how to choose and wear the mouthguard you need to keep your smile looking its best.

Highly recommend going to Valley Hills Dentistry. Staff is always friendly. Always on time. I would give them more than 5 stars if I could.
We’ve been going here for about 3-4 years and have loved it ever since. We see this team often with 3 children having different dental schedules so we love seeing them and I think they enjoy us too lol Dr Shaw is really nice and listens to your concerns and tries his best to help as much as he can. My kids love going and seeing everyone also. One visit I had my 2 year old there but we were in the waiting area and she was getting antsy so the front desk girls printed out some coloring sheets for her. It was a big help! Love this staff!
Great experience, All the staff I interacted with were very friendly...Went in to have a chipped tooth looked at, ended up needing a root canal. Dentist was even able to fit Me in and have me come back later that same day to perform the root canal before the holidays.