If you or your child plays a sport that requires a mouthguard, you may be due for a new one.
What is a mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a device that fits over your teeth to protect them from potential damage during contact sports or recreational activities that pose the risk of falls or impact on your mouth. They’re also useful for preventing teeth grinding at night and can even be customized to fit you comfortably so you can wear them as an oral appliance to prevent snoring.
Custom-made mouthguards provide the best protection for your smile because they’re created just for you. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and then create the mouthguard using a special material that’s thin enough to fit inside the mouth but still strong enough to hold up to the pressures of your jaw. Custom-made mouthguards are also more comfortable because they come in a variety of materials and have contouring properties that make them more comfortable to wear. They usually last longer than over-the-counter guards as well.
Why you need a mouthguard
Football, basketball, volleyball, etc., are dangerous sports, and the last thing you want is to suffer from a knocked-out tooth or severe injury.
A mouthguard can help protect your teeth and keep you in the game. It can also help absorb the shock from a hit and prevent broken teeth. The best type of mouthguard is one that has been custom-made to fit your unique mouth shape. Our dentists can give you one that’s made just for you! Give us a call to learn more.
Types of mouthguards
Athletic mouthguards are typically made of a soft, plastic-like material. They’re designed to absorb any impact from falls or blows to the face and head. Some athletes also choose to wear mouthguards for contact sports like hockey and football. Football players have been known to wear mouthpieces when practicing to prevent damaging their pearly whites.
Athletes often prefer custom-fit athletic mouthguards. These can be more costly than store-bought versions but offer a better fit and more protection. They can also help guard against concussion injuries by absorbing shock on hard hits to the head.
Call us at 773-880-2310 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment. Visit Sheffield Square Dental Care at 2835 N. Sheffield Ave, Suite 305, Chicago, IL 60657.