If you play a contact sport, you know the importance of proper protective gear. However, one often overlooked piece of protective gear is a custom mouthguard that protects your teeth and mouth. You may be more familiar with stock mouthguards that you can buy o the shelf in sporting goods stores, but the truth is that custom mouthguards designed by your dentist can provide much more effective protection. Here are some of the answers to frequently asked questions about custom mouthguards.
What Makes Custom Mouthguards Superior?
Custom mouthguards are better at absorbing impact because of their precise t.
The advantage that custom mouthguards have overstock mouthguards is that they’re made to t the precise dimensions of your mouth. Your dentist will make a mold of your teeth, and the mouthguard will be made from that mold. Unlike stock mouthguards, your custom mouthguard will t securely over your teeth. It won’t be too loose, so that it moves, or too tight to t properly.
Custom mouthguards are made from thicker material than stock mouthguards, which means that they can provide greater protection. However, unlike stock mouthguards, they aren’t so bulky that they affect your ability to breathe properly while wearing them. Again, this is because of the closet of custom mouthguards. They can be made of thicker material without blocking air ow because they t your mouth more precisely – there’s no wasted material in the way.
Custom mouthguards are the only mouthguards that can protect the wearer against traumatic brain injury. The secure t helps to stabilize the head and neck in the event of a blow to the head, which can reduce the risk of a concussion.
How Long Do Custom Mouthguards Last?
Each person is different, but under ideal conditions, a custom mouthguard can last for several years. You will need to take care of your mouthguard, by cleaning it properly and storing it in its case after each use. You should take care not to leave your mouthguard sitting out, especially in areas where it might be exposed to intense heat or cold.
You may need a replacement mouthguard sooner if your dentition changes. Children and teenage athletes, for example, still have growing mouths. As they lose baby teeth, grow in adult teeth, or grow wisdom teeth, the shape of their mouths may change, necessitating a new mouthguard. Adults who have finished growing may be able to make a mouthguard last longer, but may still need a replacement after extensive dental work, for example.
Aren’t Custom Mouthguards Expensive?
A custom mouthguard may be less expensive than you think, so it’s important to discuss payment plans and options with your dentist before making a decision. Although you will most likely pay more upfront for a custom mouthguard than you would for a stock mouthguard, there’s a good chance that the custom mouthguard will actually be less expensive over time.
Because stock mouthguards are made of thinner and less durable material, they often don’t last as long. Also, you’re more likely to chew on and even bite through a poorly fitting mouthguard. You may go through several stock mouthguards in just one season. A long-lasting custom mouthguard is a better deal in the long run. And of course, if your custom mouthguard protects you from needing expensive dental work, it will more than pay for itself.
If you’re interested in finding out more about custom mouthguards, your dentist can help. Contact us to request information.