Do I Need a Custom Mouthguard?
Many athletes may be required to wear a mouthguard during practices and games to protect their smiles. If you play a contact sport like football, ice hockey, field hockey, soccer, or lacrosse, the American Dental Association recommends wearing a mouthguard when participating. If you have a condition like bruxism or TMJ that causes you to grind your teeth at night or clench your jaw, it’s also advisable to use a mouth guard to shield your smile from damage. Unsure if a mouth guard is right for you? Contact our office for more information. Your dentist can help you determine your candidacy.
The Advantages of a Professional Mouthguard
You may be able to purchase an athletic or night mouthguard at your local pharmacy, but these appliances often lack the correct structure to protect your smile effectively. Instead, they typically need to be fitted using a microwave, and this process often results in an ill-fitting, uncomfortable mouthguard. Mouthguards that do not fit properly can cause gum swelling, jaw soreness, and general discomfort. They can also fall out of your mouth more easily, leaving your smile vulnerable to a dental injury. In addition, these store-bought devices only cover the top row of your teeth.
With a custom mouthguard, you can rest assured that your device is perfectly fitted to your smile and will not fall out during the big game or as you sleep. Professional mouth guards are also sturdier and will last longer than their generic cousins.
How Can I Receive a Custom Mouth Guard?
With the latest advancements in technology, designing a custom-fit mouthguard for you is easier than ever.
Our dentists will evaluate the need for a mouthguard and will take a 3-D scan of your teeth. Using the new 3-D images of your teeth, our dental team will design and make your personalized mouthguard onsite, often times allowing you to leave with your new mouthguard the same day.