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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and the same applies to your dental health. Your Westchester cosmetic dentist can create custom mouthguards that last longer than store bought and protect your teeth from painful and expensive injuries.
In this article, we will overview why mouthguards important, the different types of mouthguards, and how we create our own custom mouthguards for our patients.
A mouthguard is worn over the teeth during athletic and recreational activities. It protects you from injuries like cut cheeks and tongues, chipped or broken teeth, broken jaw and concussion. Though mouthguards are important for everyone, they may be especially important if you wear braces. Ideally, your mouthguard should:
While any sports outlet sells stock mouthguards, they are not as effective or long lasting as the custom mouth guards available at your Westchester cosmetic dentist.
The U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association requires mouthguards for only four sports: lacrosse, football, field hockey and ice hockey. However, the American Dental Association recommends the use of a mouthguard for any sport or recreational activity that involves a chance of contact with other players or hard surfaces. This ranges from boxing, to weightlifting, to anything in between.
A mouthguard is an important precaution for all athletes - regardless of age or ability. Mouthguards protect your teeth from being chipped or broken, and your teeth roots and the bone in your mouth from being damaged. Mouthguards also prevent serious injuries, like jaw fracture, cerebral hemorrhage, concussion and neck injuries. This works by keeping your lower jaw from jamming into your upper jaw in the case that you are struck in the chin. Mouthguards protect you from other, more mild injuries (like cutting and bruising of the lips, tongue and cheeks) by keeping teeth and braces away from the soft tissues in your mouth.
There are three types of mouthguards:
Stock mouthguards come pre-formed and ready to wear. These are the worst fitting, least comfortable and least protective. Made of rubber or polyvinyl, these stock mouthguards tend to be bulky, and they make breathing and talking difficult because they sometimes cause you to gag, and they require the jaw to be clenched to hold them in place.
These are either a shell liner or “boil-and-bite.” Shell lined mouthguards are lined with acrylic gel or rubber that molds to the teeth and sets to keep its shape. Boil-and-bite mouthguards are made of thermoplastic. They are placed in boiling water, then formed and molded to the teeth by pressing with the fingers, lips and tongue.
Custom-fitted mouthguard are the best value for your needs. They provide the greatest fit, comfort and protection because they are custom made for your teeth and mouth shape. These mouthguards are the greatest investment in dental protection. You can expect custom mouthguards to last much longer, and offer better protection--especially when placed by your Westchester cosmetic dentist.
At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we can offer professional, experienced advice and products that you can't find at a general store. For example, a generic mouthguard only covers the upper teeth. However, athletes with a protruding jaw, or who wear braces or other dental appliances on their lower jaw may need to wear a mouthguard on their lower teeth. Our experienced dentists can accurately take stock of your situation, and recommend the correct mouthguard to keep you safe.Request an appointment
The mouthguards at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale offer a variety of benefits that are simply not found with “over the counter” mouthguards from a sporting goods store.
Stock and mouth-formed guards typically wear out after several months of repeated, hard use. Custom-fitted guards can last for over a year. Bring your mouthguard with you to your regular dental examinations for periodic evaluations. Your dentist will be happy to keep your mouthguard in good condition and give you advice to help it last longer.
Stock and mouth-formed mouthguards tend to be bulky and uncomfortable. This causes excess saliva, gagging, and difficulty breathing and speaking. Though they’re meant to keep you safe, store-bought mouthguards can negatively impact your sports performance. Eventually, these types of mouthguards stop getting used because of their associated consequences. Alternatively, you can come in to our office. We will take a mold of your teeth and send it to a professional to make your ideal mouthguard. It will be formed as an exact replica of your mouth, letting you speak and breathe naturally. It will conform effortlessly around your teeth without needing to clench your jaw.
Proper maintenance, care, and cleaning your mouthguard is important to help it last, and to prevent oral disease. For a long-lasting mouthguard, we recommend the following:
Custom mouthguards fit better, last longer, and offer excellent protection. Get yours today!Request an Appointment
For professional advice about how to protect your teeth during athletic activities, talk to us at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale. We’re excited to help keep your teeth safe!