Mouth guards aren't just a piece of plastic; they're a shield for your dental well-being and an insurance for your radiant smile. At Midtown Smiles, located conveniently in the heart of Nashville, TN and serving the surrounding areas of Germantown, The Gulch, Music Row, Midtown Nashville, and SoBro (South of Broadway), we specialize in crafting custom-fitted mouth guards that offer unparalleled comfort and maximum protection. Whether you're an athlete or someone who grinds their teeth at night, discover the benefits of our mouth guard service designed to safeguard your oral health.

What Does a Mouth Guard Do?

Mouth guards act as a cushion for your teeth, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, and jaw. They are especially useful if you or your child is engaged in contact sports. Additionally, mouth guards can help with conditions like bruxism—unconscious teeth grinding while you sleep. It's more than just a dental accessory; it's your front-line defense against unexpected oral trauma.

How Often Should You Wear a Mouth Guard?

The frequency with which you should wear a mouth guard largely depends on your specific needs. For athletes, it's crucial to wear one during all practices and games to ensure maximum protection. If you're dealing with nighttime teeth grinding, then wearing a mouth guard as you sleep would be beneficial. Dr. Terry Watson at Midtown Smiles will provide a tailored recommendation based on your individual situation.

Are There Side Effects of Wearing a Mouth Guard?

Mouth guards are generally safe and well-tolerated when properly fitted. However, ill-fitting or over-the-counter mouth guards can sometimes cause gum irritation or mild discomfort. At Midtown Smiles, we prioritize custom-fit designs to ensure not only efficacy but comfort and ease of use.

How Long Do Mouth Guards Last?

The longevity of a mouth guard depends on various factors such as material quality, the frequency of use, and how well it is maintained. Typically, with proper care, a good quality mouth guard can last several years. Rest assured, our mouth guards at Midtown Smiles are made to be durable, providing long-lasting security for your smile.

How Do I Care for a Mouth Guard?

Proper maintenance is vital to ensure your mouth guard remains effective and hygienic. It's advisable to clean it with soap and water or a mouth rinse before and after each use. Store it in a sturdy, ventilated case and avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures to maintain its shape and structure.