The Benefits of a Custom-Fitted Mouth Guard

If you need a mouth guard and all you have time for is a store-bought guard, use it. The most important thing is to protect your teeth. If you wear a mouth guard regularly, it is a good idea to have one fitted by one of our dentists. Because we work with teeth every day, we know the best ways to protect them. A mouth guard that we fit to you will fit better, feel better, and make it easier for you to play sports, work, or sleep than one from the sporting goods store.

Who Are Mouth Guards For?

Athletes, people in certain professions, and people with braces can all benefit from the comfort that a mouth guard can provide.

Contact Library Plaza Dental in Des Plaines today to find out how we can help you keep your teeth safe and healthy with a new mouthguard. We can fit you for your new guard right in our office, so don’t wait to schedule your appointment, especially if you are worried about protecting your smile.


Your teeth are precious, and while they are still bones, they can still get damaged pretty easily. When you’re living an active lifestyle where there’s a chance of your teeth being damaged, the best thing that you can do is invest in a mouth guard to ensure they’re protected. We’re going to dive a little bit deeper into the benefits of mouthguards and times that you should be wearing them.

What are mouth guards for?

Mouth guards have been used for centuries to protect teeth, gums, and tissue from damage and impact. Some mouth guards can be purchased over the counter, but some are custom-made to more accurately fit your mouth. At Library Plaza Dental Center we offer all of our patients the option of a custom fit mouth guard for a more durable and effective solution.

How to care for your mouth guard

We recommend keeping your mouth guard in a sturdy container when you are not using it. You should also clean your mouth guard after each use by soaking it in cool, soapy water for sanitation purposes. For children and teens, you may need to replace the mouth guard more frequently due to jaw and teeth changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need a mouth guard?

There are a variety of reasons that you may need a mouth guard. If you grind your teeth at night, have bridgework, or play a contact sport, they are a good way to prevent injury and further dental problems. You may also benefit from wearing a mouth guard if you have braces that rub on your lips.

What can I expect when I get fitted for mouth guard?

To ensure that your mouth guard fits properly, we’ll take an impression of your teeth that will serve as a mold for your guard. The process is fairly quick and you may even be able to leave your fitting appointment with your mouth guard in hand.

Are there any special directions?

You will be told how to wear your mouth guard. Depending on the purpose of your mouth guard, you may just have to wear at night or when playing a certain sport.