You might think you don't need a mouth guard if you don't play sports. After all, you have no intention of stepping onto a rugby field or into a boxing ring in the foreseeable future, so what's the point of a mouth guard? Mouth guards are there to protect your teeth, and although contact sports might be the most logical example of when your teeth will benefit from some extra protection, this isn't the only time. When you have invested some money in your teeth, they may need some extra protection when you're not able to pay attention.
Perhaps it sounds strange to think that there will be times of the day when you're not able to give your teeth the protection they need. But there are around eight hours per day when this could be a concern, namely when you sleep. If you have any sort of dental restoration applied to your teeth, primarily veneers, dental crowns, or dental implants, you might want to consider a mouth guard to be worn at night. But how will it help?
Your Night Guard
An overnight mouth guard is generally referred to as a night guard. It usually only covers your upper teeth and prevents your upper and lower dental arches from grinding together while you sleep. The guard permits the even distribution of bite pressure and prevents excessive or abnormal friction from being applied to your teeth while you sleep. This is a useful device for those who are prone to grinding their teeth, but even when this isn't a conspicuous problem, it can be beneficial for anyone with dental restorations. Why is this the case?
Dental restorations are essentially an addition to your teeth. Veneers involve a thin sliver of porcelain applied to the outward-facing surface of your teeth, whereas dental crowns fully encase certain teeth. A mouth guard simply prevents these restorations from experiencing excessive friction, which preserves them and prolongs their effectiveness. It's simply a way of making your restorations last as long as possible, while still looking as pristine as possible. It's a way of protecting your investment.
A Customised Guard
It's possible to purchase a night guard online or at any pharmacy, but given the amount of money and time that has gone into your dental work, you're better off having your dentist make a guard just for your teeth. This ensures the best possible (and most comfortable) fit while also utilising the most appropriate material for your specific needs.
A night guard is by no means mandatory after dental restoration work, but since you might not necessarily know if you grind your teeth overnight, it's best to avoid the potential for you to wear down your restoration work at a time when you would otherwise be powerless to stop it.