Prevent Tooth Loss from Sports-related Injuries with a Custom Mouthguard
Sports-related injuries are a leading cause of tooth loss, and many of these cases could have been prevented with protective wear. Teeth do not grow back– protect the only set of teeth you have with a custom sports mouthguard.
Sports mouthguards are an appropriate device for athletes of all ages. From little league to professional athletes, anyone can benefit from the use of a custom-fit mouthguard. General dentist Dr. Heather Adams provides custom sports mouthguards in Rogers, Arkansas for patients of all ages.
Does your child participate in any contact sports that may jeopardize their teeth and/or smile? If you answered yes, then you most definitely should invest in protecting your investment: your smile. If you were blessed with a naturally beautiful smile, or if you had to invest some hard-earned dollars into creating a beautiful smile, you will want to protect it to ensure that it will last a lifetime.
Custom-fit mouthguards provide improved protection and comfort in comparison to over-the-counter bite-and-fit options. Custom mouthguards are designed specifically for your measurements using dental impressions.
A better fit mouthguard helps you or your child stay focused on their performance, not on clenching their jaw to secure the mouthguard. Once in place, a custom mouthguard enables the wearer to drink fluids and communicate with others without having to remove it. This greatly improves compliance and reduces loss, especially among young athletes.
Benefits Of A Custom Mouthguard
- Cost: The average cost of a custom mouthguard is generally inexpensive when compared to the repair costs and pain that you could possibly endure from a sporting accident. Whether you play a sport like baseball, hockey, baseball, or something less mainstream, such as mountain biking, or snowboarding, you can use a mouthguard to protect your smile.
- Confidence: With a custom mouthguard, you can give it 100% in whichever sport you participate in. Without a custom mouthguard, you can think twice before a headfirst slide to win the game as you may subconsciously be worried about injuring your mouth or teeth. With a custom-fit mouthguard, you can leave it all out there knowing that your mouth and teeth will be protected.
- Customization: Custom mouthguards are fully customizable. This means that they can be made to match your team colors or even have your alter ego printed on them. Some of today’s biggest athletes in the NFL have a custom mouthguards featuring some intimidating graphics.
- Suitable For Everyone: Custom mouthguards are not just for children or just for adults. They are for everyone from youth sports to adult sports. There are no age restrictions when it comes to protecting your smile. Also, there are no sports that do not allow a mouthguard from volleyball to ice or roller hockey. Mouthguards are seen in every sport and now more than ever with the top professional athletes in the game!
Why Does It Need To Be Custom?
There are several benefits to receiving a custom-fit mouthguard versus an over-the-counter mouthguard. The main benefit is that every patient has different teeth and bite. Over-the-counter mouthguards offer a generic mouthguard that may not fit comfortably in your mouth and may hinder you in your sport of choice. A custom-fit mouthguard is worth every penny to make sure you can play your best, comfortably, and most importantly, to protect your smile!
Is a custom mouthguard worth it?
Custom made mouthguards from Dr. Adams are a worthwhile investment. They can literally save you thousands of dollars from injury to the mouth and teeth. You can rest easy knowing you or your child is safe to play the sport they love without worrying about a tooth being knocked out or a serious laceration to the cheek.
How do I care for my custom sports mouthguard?
The most important thing to remember is to avoid hot water. It can distort the mouthpiece and then it will not fit properly. If it does not fit properly, then it is not protecting your mouth and teeth effectively. We recommend storing it in a ventilated case and out of the heat. After each use, rinse thoroughly with cold water. You can disinfect it from time to time by soaking it in diluted mouthwash for about 30 minutes.
Why should I not use a store bought mouth piece?
A store bought, boil and bite mouthpiece does not offer the same level of protection as a custom made one from a dentist office. They are one-size-fits-all and, as you can imagine, not all mouths/teeth are the same. They are also made of a cheaper material that will break down and offer a false sense of protection.
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Receiving a custom mouthguard is quick, easy, and painless. Dr. Adams will take a simple mold in our office of your smile to use for your mouthguard. Once fabricated, patients can pick up their mouthguard and it is ready for use immediately. They can also be ordered in fun or team colors.
If you or your child are involved in contact sports or any activity that could endanger your smile, discuss the benefits of a custom sports mouthguard with Dr. Adams with a visit to our Rogers dentist office. To schedule an appointment, call (479) 431-4212 or request a new patient appointment online.