Many sports require athletes to use a Mouthguard to protect their teeth while practicing and playing. Frequently used in contact sports, the mouthguard covers the gums and teeth to provide protection for lips, gums, teeth and arches. A properly fitted mouthguard can reduce the severity of dental injuries.
Pre-formed, ready-to-wear mouthguards can be purchased inexpensively at many sporting stores, but they do not always fit well. They can be uncomfortable and interfere with talking and even breathing.
Sporting goods stores also offer semi-custom mouthguards, in which the plastic is heated and then the athlete bites on it while still warm to provide some level of custom fit.
Our office makes custom mouthguards by taking an impression of your teeth and then creating a device fitted to your mouth for the highest level of both comfort and protection. A custom fitted mouthguard can be particularly important for athletes who wear braces.
Be sure to bring your mouthguard to your appointments so that we can be sure it still fits you well.