If you or a member of your family plays sports, we strongly recommend a mouthguard to protect the teeth and gum tissues. A sports mouthguard is a device that is worn over the teeth to protect from trauma to the face and head. Mouthguards are a crucial piece of athletic equipment, especially if you are participating in a sport that involves contact. These sports include football, hockey, basketball, soccer, and baseball. You may also benefit from a mouthguard if you participate in skateboarding, gymnastics, or other types of extreme activity.
Types of Mouthguards
There are a few different types of mouthguards you have to choose from. Regardless of which type you choose, you want to make sure that is resilient, protective, and comfortable. The three major types of mouthguards include:
|Stock mouthguards. This type of mouthguard is a store-bought product that is inexpensive and comes pre-formed. Unfortunately, stock mouthguards are uncomfortable and offer little in the way of protection. You may also find the guard to be bulky, and cause difficulties with breathing and speech.
|Boil and bite guards. This type of guard is also a store-bought product that comes pre-formed. However, this type of guard can be altered by boiling it in water and then biting into the plastic, so it forms around your teeth. While they are somewhat customizable, you may end up with a poor-fitting mouthguard if you do not follow the instructions properly.
|Custom-made mouthguards. This type of mouthguard is fabricated by us in our office. They are individually designed to provide the most comfortable fit and best protection. Because it fits and feels better, most patients prefer a custom-made mouthguard. They are by far the best option for serious athletes.
Why You Should Choose Our Mouthguard
When it comes to your safety and oral health, you should choose the best. A custom-made mouthguard will give you the protection and comfort you want, quickly and easily. To fabricate your mouthguard, our Cooley Smiles dentists will take an impression of your teeth and gum tissues. Next, we will use this impression to make a 3-D model of your teeth. This model is then sent to our dental laboratory, where our technicians will fabricate your mouthguard using a special plastic.
Ideally, you should replace your mouthguard at the beginning of every season. However, a custom-made guard is more durable than other options. It is a practical option that may even be covered by your insurance. Many athletes choose to have a new sports mouthguard fabricated when they go in for their six-month checkup and professional cleaning.
You may also benefit from a mouthguard if you have braces, a cleft palate, or a removable dental appliance. Often, patients who suffer from nocturnal bruxism (teeth grinding) may need to receive a mouthguard to protect their teeth and improve their sleep.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you are in need of a sports mouthguard, call (425) 249-3509, and schedule your appointment now!