Protect Your Investment with a Custom Mouth Guard

Dental injuries are the most common type of sports-related accidents. In fact, the American Dental Association reports that up to 20 percent of all sporting injuries damage the face, teeth, or jaws. Therefore, wearing an athletic guard is crucial for anyone who plays contact sports. It is even more important to wear one if you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. At Roy Orthodontics, we can protect your new smile with a custom athletic guard. Dental trauma can lead to a variety of problems, including fractured teeth, jaw pain, and more. If you are wearing braces – or have recently completed orthodontic treatment – it is a good idea to protect your investment.

Contact Sports and Dental Injuries

Did you know that over five million teeth are knocked out every year in the United States due to sports-related trauma? Treating or replacing a lost tooth can become quite expensive over the course of a lifetime, racking up thousands of dollars in treatment costs.

Dental injuries include more than lost teeth. Athletes can also sustain jaw fractures, broken teeth, and tissue lacerations, among other things. Wearing a custom athletic guard is a simple way to protect your investment and avoid excessive treatment costs in the future.

The sports that carry the highest risk of injury include football, basketball, hockey, boxing, and martial arts. However, it is important to note that both the American Dental Association and the International Academy of Sports Dentistry recommend athletic guards for 30 activities, including gymnastics, bicycling, and weightlifting.

Store-Bought vs Custom-Made

Over-the-counter athletic guards can be purchased in sporting goods stores, department stores, and even your local pharmacy. These “boil and bite” appliances are somewhat effective for dental protection. However, without a proper fit, they can feel bulky and cumbersome. Many athletes claim these athletic guards affect their breathing, as well. A custom guard, on the other hand, is made specifically for your oral anatomy, offering a sleek, streamlined fit. In fact, a properly fitted guard should stay on the teeth effortlessly, and should only come out when you remove it.

Personalized Care for Every Patient

Each patient is unique, with specific needs. That is why Dr. Roy will take the time to evaluate which areas need the most protection. By identifying the most vulnerable regions of your bite, he can design a guard with optimal thickness. Generally, a athletic guard will only cover the upper teeth. However, each appliance will be customized to the needs of the patient.

How to Maintain Your Custom Athletic Guard

Athletic guards are crafted from a strong thermoplastic material. However, they can warp in extreme heat. Therefore, it is crucial that you avoid leaving your custom guard in a hot car, or in your pocket where it can accidentally be thrown into the clothes dryer. When you are not using your mouth guard, it is a good idea to keep it in a protective case.

Your custom guard should be cleansed regularly to keep it in good condition. This can be achieved by simply cleaning it with a soft toothbrush. We do not recommend using toothpaste, as it can be too abrasive. When you are finished with your athletic guard, it should be thoroughly rinsed off and completely dried before placing it back in the case.

Whenever you attend a routine dental checkup, bring your custom guard along with you. We can assess the appliance and ensure it is still functioning properly. If your guard becomes damaged in any way, it is important to replace it immediately.

Schedule a Consultation with Us

If you play contact sports, schedule a visit with Dr. Roy today. We can help you protect your beautiful smile and your oral health with a custom athletic guard. Contact our Virginia Beach or Chesapeake office today.

Dr. Carl Roy Meet Dr Roy
My sincere thanks to Dr. Roy and his team for showing me the way! My baby teeth had to be crowned for years since 2 of my adult teeth never came in. This was just one piece of the puzzle that needed figuring out. I’m proud of my smile and it shows every time I meet someone!Liz

Roy Orthodontics Locations

Virginia Beach Location

4388 Holland Rd
Ste. 200
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 471-2900  

Chesapeake Location

684 Battlefield Blvd. N
Ste. B
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 549-1115

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Jorene Delacruz
Jorene Delacruz
15:07 27 Mar 18
Dr. Roy & his staff are more than wonderful. I would recommend this practice 10x if I could. They are amazing at what they do, especially Dr. Roy for understanding my past situation with my teeth. I’m so grateful & happy to have been a patient here for many years. The staff knows what they’re doing and is always so nice. I can’t thank you guys enough for dealing with my crazy teeth!
Tanya Barclift
Tanya Barclift
02:49 28 Feb 18
My son was need of palate expanders and braces and Dr. Roy and his staff have been such a blessing to us! He was only 8 years of age when this was all needed and they treated him with such professionalism and ease! Dr. Roy has such a love and compassion for his patients and families! What could have been a nightmare for my son was actually the exact opposite because of his expertise in this field. Karen, Sandy and the whole office staff is amazing!!! I would highly recommend this practice who is need of their services! Thank you Dr. Roy and staff for helping our son! May God continue to bless your wonderful practice and employees!!
04:50 24 Feb 18
Everyone was so welcoming and polite. They made me very comfortable which made me want to keep coming back. I love how they put their patients first, and they do everything they can to make sure their patients’ teeth are perfect👌🏾.
Jay Wang
Jay Wang
22:04 01 Feb 18
Dr. Roy and his team took great care of my son’s teeth. They are efficient, professional and knowledgeable. Everyone has been friendly and helpful. They fixed my niece’s braces for free during her visit!
Samantha Simmons-Conaway
Samantha Simmons-Conaway
16:09 09 Jan 18
Wonderful staff. Everything was always explained thoroughly and I felt comfortableAs an older adult I had lots of trepidation about doing braces but they made process clear and I always looked forward to my visitsHighly recommend this practice. Special kudos to Tracy who is a wonderful tech and a great person
Heather Ham
Heather Ham
16:41 15 Dec 17
Dr Roy and his staff have provided Orthodontic care for both of my children. The best thing I can say about Dr Roy is he always puts the needs of the child and their long term orthodontic care first. It isn’t just about putting braces on your kids to have straight teeth for pictures it is about treating them at the appropriate age so that the care they receive is appropriate and will last them into adulthood and more importantly won’t have to be repeated when they finish growing. As a parent it was so refreshing to deal with a practice as practical and professional as Roy Orthodontics. I recommend them to anyone seeking orthodontics for their children.
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