Sports-related dental injuries happen every day. They are especially common in high-contact sports such as football, soccer, wrestling, and martial arts. To keep your teeth safe while you are out having fun, we are happy to offer custom athletic mouthguards.
What Are Athletic Mouthguards?
Athletic mouthguards are high-quality plastic appliances that sit over the teeth to protect them from sudden injuries. We customize each mouthguard to fit comfortably and securely. A proper fit will provide extra protection during high-contact sports and activities.
Professionally-made mouthguards are thin and durable. When properly made, these appliances can adjust the position of your jaw to improve breathing and air circulation. They also reduce clenching, which may prevent the body’s release of performance-hindering hormones.
When Should I Wear My Mouthguard?
If you are planning to participate in any high-contact or collision sport, please wear your mouthguard. Although these appliances are most often used in high-risk sports, they can also be useful when doing other activities such as gymnastics and skating.
Mouthguards are available for adults and children. Our dentists believe athletic mouthguards should be a part of your child’s standard equipment from a young age. Please ensure your child wears his or her mouthguard before they begin playing. As your child grows, they may need a new appliance to ensure it fits properly and provides the most protection.
Dental injuries never happen when we expect them to. To reduce your risk of chipping, breaking, or losing a tooth, ask us about athletic mouthguards. In most cases, you can even choose a style and color for your appliance.
Can I Buy a Mouthguard at the Store?
Many supermarkets and pharmacies sell over-the-counter mouthguards. Stock mouthguards are pre-made and usually come in one or two sizes. Boil and bite mouthguards are softened in water before being placed in the mouth to form around the teeth.
These options may be inexpensive, but they are generally big, bulky, and uncomfortable. Because they do not fit well, they often hinder breathing and do not provide much protection.
At Oral Implants & Reconstructive Dentistry, we make athletic mouthguards with you in mind. Before crafting your appliance, we will take detailed molds of your teeth to ensure it fits perfectly. Your professional mouthguard will be high-quality, durable, and comfortable.
Don’t risk your oral health with a cheap, store-bought alternative. Call our office today at 614-885-1215 to learn how to protect your smile with a professionally-made athletic mouthguard.