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Will a Custom Mouth Guard Fit My Crooked or Missing Teeth?

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Welcome to Sentinel Mouthguards, your trusted source for custom dental protectors tailored to your unique smile. Our expertise lies in crafting personalized mouth guards that cater to various dental needs, including addressing concerns such as teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and sports-related injuries.

At Sentinel Mouthguards, we understand that no two smiles are the same, which is why we’re dedicated to providing customized solutions for individuals with diverse dental conditions, including those with crooked or missing teeth. With our commitment to quality craftsmanship and superior fit, you can trust Sentinel Mouthguards to deliver comprehensive protection and comfort for your oral health needs. Join us as we explore the versatility and effectiveness of custom mouth guards in safeguarding your smile.

Custom Mouth Guards for Every Smile

At Sentinel Mouthguards, we believe that every smile deserves tailored protection, regardless of dental imperfections. Our custom mouth guards are meticulously crafted to accommodate the unique contours of your teeth, ensuring optimal fit and comfort.

Whether you have crooked teeth, missing teeth, or other dental concerns, our team is here to provide you with a custom solution that meets your needs. Our specialized approach allows us to address a wide range of dental conditions, offering comprehensive protection against teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and sports-related injuries. With Sentinel Mouthguards, you can trust that your smile is in good hands, receiving personalized care and attention to detail every step of the way.

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Will a custom mouth guard accommodate my crooked or missing teeth effectively?

Yes, a custom mouth guard can be effectively designed to accommodate crooked or missing teeth. When you opt for a custom mouth guard, you will take impressions of your teeth to create a personalized fit.

These impressions capture the unique shape and alignment of your teeth, allowing the mouth guard to be tailored precisely to your dental anatomy. Whether you have crooked teeth that require additional space or missing teeth that need strategic support, a custom mouth guard can be crafted to provide optimal coverage and protection. Additionally, adjustments can be made during the fitting process to ensure comfort and functionality, ensuring that your custom mouth guard accommodates your individual dental needs effectively.

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Can wearing a mouth guard help prevent further damage to my teeth caused by grinding or clenching, especially with my crooked or missing teeth?

Yes, wearing a mouth guard can help prevent further damage to your teeth caused by grinding or clenching, even if you have crooked or missing teeth. Grinding or clenching, also known as bruxism, can exert excessive pressure on your teeth, leading to wear, fractures, and other dental issues. A custom mouth guard acts as a protective barrier, cushioning your teeth and distributing the forces generated during grinding or clenching, thereby reducing the risk of damage.

For individuals with crooked or missing teeth, a custom mouth guard can be especially beneficial. The customized fit ensures that the mouth guard conforms to the unique shape and alignment of your teeth, providing optimal coverage and protection. Additionally, strategic padding and adjustments can be made to accommodate irregularities in tooth position or missing teeth, further enhancing the mouth guard’s effectiveness in preventing damage.

By wearing a custom mouth guard consistently, especially during sleep when bruxism often occurs unconsciously, you can help safeguard your teeth against the harmful effects of grinding or clenching.

How To Create a Great Fitting Night Guard

1. Take a great dental impression

The fit of any custom night guard or mouth guard begins with a clear and accurate dental impression. We make it easy by supplying you with everything you need including various tray sizes, extra dental putty, written instructions as well as a how to video!

2. Prepping the stone cast of the teeth

Once a stone cast of the dental anatomy has been poured, the next step is for our lab to prep the model correctly using a special material to fill in the gaps. This step ensures the guard fits correctly.

3. Use the right machine 

Many night guards are made using a simple vacuum forming machine, a.k.a. the “suck down”.

This machine is a great step up from any mass produced (one size fits all) or boil & bite types. However, it’s not as efficient as a Drufomat or Biostar. These machines use high pressure and heat + computerized technology to achieve an extremely precise fit.

You need this precision when constructing mouth guards for those with missing teeth, because the material has to form correctly around all those nooks and crannies.

Because a mouth with missing teeth has so many deep variations in anatomy, it is very important to use this top level machine to get a great fit. Not to mention this is the only type of machine that can combine multiple layers to make your guard as thick or thin as you need.

Q: What type of machine does Sentinel use?

For all of our products we use the Drufomat Scan Pressure machine. Attached to an air compressor, this machine incorporates high pressure, high heat and computer technology that is specific to each type of material used.

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4. Experienced Technician

The construction of a night guard with missing teeth can be difficult for an unfamiliar technician. Hard night guards can be particularly challenging because of the non-flexible, rigid material.

The stiff, non-flexible material used for the hard night guard can be challenging for an unfamiliar technician (especially when dealing with missing teeth).

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Will a soft night guard fit better than a hard night guard?

Yes, generally speaking, a soft night guard tends to fit better than a hard night guard. The soft material is more forgiving on the teeth and gums, which often results in a higher success rate in terms of comfort. Soft night guards adapt well to the shape of your teeth and provide a cushioning effect, making them more comfortable to wear, especially for individuals with sensitive teeth or gums. This flexibility and comfort make soft night guards a preferred choice for many individuals seeking relief from teeth grinding or clenching during sleep.

Learn more about how to take your own dental impression here. It’s easy!

what you get in the sentinel mouthguards impression kit

How can I ensure that a custom mouth guard will fit comfortably and securely despite my crooked or missing teeth?

At Sentinel Mouthguards, we prioritize ensuring that your custom mouth guard fits comfortably and securely, even if you have crooked or missing teeth. Our process begins with you taking precise dental impressions using the materials provided in our kit.

Once we receive your impressions, our experienced team designs a custom mouth guard tailored to accommodate your dental issues. We make special considerations, such as adding extra padding or making adjustments, to ensure proper coverage and protection.

Your custom mouth guard is then fabricated and shipped to you, ready for a fitting at home. During the fitting, we ensure that the mouth guard fits comfortably and securely in your mouth, making any necessary adjustments for optimal comfort and performance.

We value your feedback and are available to make any adjustments to address discomfort or issues. Regular check-ups are recommended to ensure your custom mouth guard continues to fit comfortably and securely over time.

Would you like to learn more about Sentinel Mouthguards’ products and services? Visit our help center today!


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Ashely Notarmaso

Ashely Notarmaso is the author behind the Sentinel Mouth Guard Blog. She is the CEO and founder of Sentinel Mouth Guards (Founded in 2012) Her long-time work in the dental mouth guard arena and her excellent ability to listen to customer concerns in this often contradictory field has laid the groundwork to explore night guard/mouth guard fabrication in-depth and address real concerns. With the help of her team, she has created a unique fabrication method that promises a great fitting custom oral appliance every time. Amazon’s choice for #1 mouth guard! Visit the online store

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