Custom designed mouth guards and night guards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Mouth guards are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth may get hit.
In addition, these guards protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips, and cheek lining. Night guards are also recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night as a way to protect their teeth and bite.
If a guard is right for you, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth. That impression is then sent to a lab to make a custom-fit guard. In most cases, you can choose from a variety of colors and styles for your guard. On average, guards last between 3 and 10 years.