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 with a mouth guard.
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.
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