What is an athletic mouthguard?
The word "mouthguard" is universal and generic, and includes a large range and variety of products, from "over the counter" models bought at the sporting goods stores to professionally manufactured and dentist prescribed custom made mouthguards.
There are 3 types of mouthguards.
- Stock mouthguards – These are the least expensive and are widely available in stores. They come in small, medium, and large. As they do not fit well, they are thus uncomfortable. If it is not comfortable it may not get worn when needed. They also offer reduced protection due to the poor fit. We do not recommend these.
- Boil and bite mouthguards – These are less costly and readily available in stores. They are supposed to be fitted to the individual by heating it in boiling water and then placing it in the mouth and shaping it to fit. This is easier said than done and it is well documented that they do not fit well and are uncomfortable. They also offer a lower level of protection. We do not recommend these.
- Custom fabricated mouthguards – These are custom molded and fitted by a dentist in their office. They fit precisely and are thus quite comfortable. Because of this comfort, compliance is high. They also offer the highest level of protection. Although the cost is nominally higher than generic models, when you consider the costs associated with a dental injury, it’s worth the few extra dollars. There are a variety of colors to choose from so you show off your team colors!
Why would you need an athletic mouthguard?
It is estimated by the American Dental Association that mouthguards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and collegiate football alone. The lifetime cost of a dental injury can be as much as $10,000 to $15,000 per tooth.
The American Dental Association recommends that people of all ages use a properly fitted mouthguard in any sporting or recreational activity that may pose a risk of injury. Many athletic organizations require the use of athletic mouthguards.
A custom fitted athletic mouthguard is a simple and cost effective way to protect yourself or your loved ones from dental injury.
How do I get an athletic mouthguard?
The process for obtaining a custom fitted mouthguard is simple. First we make custom molds of your teeth. This just takes a few minutes. We then fabricate the mouthguard in our lab, shaping and polishing it to insure the most comfortable fit. At a second appointment the mouthguard is tried in to make sure that the fit is correct and comfortable. Now you are ready for that championship season!
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