Are you physically competitive in sports? Do you love participating in sports or other physically demanding activities like rock climbing, CrossFit or boxing? Have you considered a mouthguard and if you have one, how often do you wear it? If you don’t have one and you are participating in a high impact physical activity, take a look at yourself in the mirror, smile and picture yourself without a few teeth. Is that a sight you want to look at? You need to think about this carefully. We are going to help you learn how important a an athletic, custom, dentist-fitted mouthguard can be.
What happens if you don’t wear a mouthpiece?
Anything can happen in team sports or a group activity. When a direct impact hits you in the front part of your face, and you don’t have a mouthguard, you can easily fracture the front teeth, or knock them out of place. If you get hit in the lower jaw, your jaws can crash against each other which can cause breaks and cracks to your teeth. It can damage your TMJ, cause a fracture to your jaws, of you could end up with a concussion.
How do mouthguards work?
Picture how a vehicle’s airbags work. That is how a dental mouthguard works. It serves as a shock absorbent when you receive impact to the jaw area. It also serves as a pressure diffusion device. The absorbing and dissipating factors of mouthguards drastically reduce the chances of an injury like a concussion occurring.
What are dentist-fitted mouthguards from a dentist?
Dentist-fitted mouthguards are made in a dental office. An impression/mold is made of your mouth to create a mouthguard that fits perfectly.
Benefits of dentist-fitted mouthguards
If you want to protect yourself from a concussion or dental trauma, dentist-fitted mouthguards are the best alternatives. In a study, it was discovered that custom-fitted mouthguards reduce the chances of dental trauma by more than 50%. These types of mouthguards are made to perfectly fit over your teeth and your mouth. Most of the athletes who wear them find it easier to speak and breath because of its fit. This means that you will not easily misplace it or take it out. Custom-fitted mouthguards are durable, and they can be disinfected easily. You can easily customize them with logos and even colors.
Dentist-fitted, athletic mouthguards are made up of two firm layers of vinyl material that fits your teeth and mouth. Since they are molded to the shape of your mouth, it means that it will last longer, keep you safe from impact and also fit better.
Dentist-fitted athletic mouthguards protect and save you from a lot of injury. The cost of a custom mouthguard is less than emergency dental procedures. A readily made mouthguard is cheaper than a custom made one, but it is not a perfect fit. It won’t protect you against an impact the way a custom-fitted one will.
Accidents happen in sports. Since you cannot guarantee that you are safe from a rouge ball or a blow to your chin, a custom fitted mouthguard will protect you against any impact on your jaw area.
If you have questions about getting a custom mouthguard, don’t hesitate to schedule with us! Midway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can have your mouthguard ready within 7 days of your appointment. Custom colors can be ordered to make your mouthguard more appealing or to make them unique.
Choosing a dentist-fitted mouthguard will ensure your dental safety. Protect yourself by visiting or contacting our Alpharetta dentists and ensure that you get the best chance of maintaining your healthy smile.