Mouthguards (Sports Guard)
While sports are fun, there’s one thing about them that isn’t. That thing is sports-related injuries. To keep yourself safe while still enjoy the sport you love to play; the right gear is needed. This gear should also include a mouthguard. Advanced Dental Associates can help you to protect your mouth with a custom sports mouthguard.
Why Do I Need a Mouthguard?
Protection when it comes to playing sports, particularly those with a higher risk for injury, is essential. It is estimated that oral injuries resulting from sports-related accidents affect around 200,000 players every year.
Without a mouthguard, more than your teeth are at risk. You risk injury to your soft tissues and your jawbone as well. A mouthguard is meant to reduce your risk for these types of injuries. A properly-fitted mouthguard does more than protect your teeth from damage. It can also help prevent bone fractures, protect your intraoral tissues from lacerations, and can even help to reduce your risk for a concussion.
How is a Custom Mouthguard Different Than One I Can Get at the Store?
Many patients wonder why they should get a custom fit mouthguard when they can easily get one at a store for a lower price. While store-bought mouthguards are more affordable, they are not always the most effective. Those that are already molded might not fit in your mouth properly. This can leave them feeling uncomfortable. Even worse, ill-fitting mouthguards increase your risk of injury. Even those that you can mold yourself may not provide optimal protection.
A custom fit mouthguard is the best option for protecting your oral health and preventing serious injuries. Your mouthguard is made using impressions of your mouth. This helps to ensure that your mouthguard fits the contours of your mouth. Custom mouthguards are also made using high-quality materials. These factors help to provide you with the best protection possible.
Additionally, if you or your child wear braces, we can create a mouthguard that fits around your orthodontic work. This will help to ensure that you remain safe while still enjoying your chosen sport.
Don’t Mess Around with the Safety of Your Mouth
Despite the recommendation of wearing a mouthguard while playing sports, there are still plenty of people who choose not to. They might avoid wearing it because they don’t like the way it looks or because it feels bulky and uncomfortable. Unfortunately, not wearing your mouthguard significantly increases your risk for suffering an oral injury if you have an accident while playing. These injuries aren’t just damaging to your smile and your oral health; they can also be quite costly. You may require extensive, expensive dental work to help treat injuries and restore your oral health. It is imperative that you do not mess around with the safety and health of your mouth. A custom fit mouthguard will provide you with the best fit possible, ensuring not the protection of your mouth, but your comfort while you play as well.
Your oral health and safety aren’t things you should play around with. Call Advanced Dental Associates at (210) 714-5589 today to get your custom fit sports mouthguard or night guard.