A mouthguard, also known as a sports guard, is a protective piece of equipment worn over your teeth during sports. Mouthguards protect the teeth from damage, concussions, and jaw injuries. They also act as a barrier between your teeth and your braces.
Custom mouthguards, such as those made by your dentist, provide the most protection because they are designed specifically for your individual mouth. If you suffer from bruxism, a custom mouthguard can help to protect your teeth from damage.
Why are mouthguards necessary?
Mouthguards, also called mouth protectors, are essential pieces of sports equipment. When worn properly, these custom-fit devices can help prevent tooth loss, tooth fractures, and injuries to the lips, tongue, cheeks, and jaw. The American Dental Association recommends that players wear mouthguards during games and practices and that children wear them when playing organized sports.
Mouthguards are necessary for everyone, but especially for children.
Many teeth grinding and clenching problems can be corrected with occlusal guards to improve overall oral health. Mouthguards can also protect your child from sports injuries, such as fractured teeth, avulsed teeth, and concussions.
What materials are used for mouthguards?
Most mouthguards are made from a thermoplastic material. They can be made to fit the upper or lower teeth. Custom mouthguards are more expensive than stock mouthguards, but they offer a better fit.
How long does it take to make a mouthguard?
Custom mouthguards take a few weeks or days to make. The mouthguard will be custom-made to fit your teeth and mouth perfectly. The process starts by taking a mold of your teeth. The mold will be sent to a lab to create the custom mouthguard.
These mouthguards are the best option primarily due to the individualized attention the dentist in Aloha OR takes in constructing the mouthguard. While mouthguards can be purchased at local sporting goods stores, they are often bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Custom mouthguards, on the other hand, are also often more durable.
Please reach out to our dental practice at 17952 SW Blanton St, Aloha, OR 97078, to have a consultation with our dentists. Call us at (503) 649-5665 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.