Mouthguards: An Overview
If you or your child play sports, you know how easily accidents can happen. A custom-fit mouthguard should be a part of your protective gear at all times to ensure you do not suffer from tooth loss. While only a few sports, such as football and hockey, actually require mouthguards, the American Dental Association recommends wearing them during most sports and exercises. While sports and exercise are very important for a healthy lifestyle, they are responsible for many injuries to the mouth including chipped or cracked teeth, knocked out teeth, tooth root damage and more. Simply wearing a mouthguard could save you thousands of dollars in dental care.
As your trusted dentist in Laurel, MD, it is our priority to ensure that your teeth remain healthy and protected both on and off the field. Additionally, our mouthguards can be utilized to treat sleep apnea or teeth grinding.
Custom Mouthguards in Laurel, MD
Our custom fit mouthguards are created customized to fit your smile. Patients love our customized mouthguards because they can also be made in a variety of different colors to match uniforms and encourage consistent use. There are many benefits to choosing this type of specialized mouth guard including:
- Better protection of the teeth
- More comfortable
- Personalized fit
Here are some common questions we get regarding our customized mouthguards:
Can I use a mouthguard if I have braces?
Our mouthguards can be customized to fit around any additional oral appliances that you have, including braces. If your teeth are ongoing orthodontic treatment, it is even more important to keep them protected so that your treatment is not interrupted by unexpected facial trauma.
How will a mouthguard help with my sleep apnea or teeth grinding?
A mouthguard, or a night guard, fits securely over your teeth and holds your jaw in a healthy position that prevents the soft tissues of your throat from collapsing on each other and blocking your airway, which causes you to snore. Additionally, the night guard protects your teeth so even if you attempt to grind your teeth together unconsciously, no damage will be done.
What’s the difference between a store-bought mouthguard and a mouthguard provided by my dentist?
A store-bought mouthguard is a one-size-fits-all approach to protecting your teeth. Unfortunately, in most cases, they do not fit well and are uncomfortable or slip around while in use. Our custom-fit mouthguards are designed for your smile using dental impressions to eliminate slippage and provide maximum coverage for your smile. Additionally, this custom-fit allows you to speak and drink water while you are using your mouthguard, which prevents you from taking it off repeatedly throughout your activity.
How do I get a custom mouthguard?
Simply schedule an appointment to get your custom-fit mouthguard as a part of your general dentistry treatment. The entire process is fairly simple. At your appointment, one of our dentists will take impressions of your teeth. With the impressions, a mold of your teeth will be made and used to fabricate the mouthguard.