Worcester, MA general and family dentist Dr. Robert Gauthier recommends that patients use a custom-fit sports mouthguard for maximum protection during contact sports and highly-physical activities. We gently remind patients that teeth do not grow back. Wearing a custom-fit mouthguard provides many benefits, and virtually no drawbacks! Visit our Worcester, MA dental practice for the best customized mouthguards in your area.
Protecting teeth while participating in contact sports has become a growing standard among today’s athletes. The National Federation of State High School Associations currently mandates mouthguards for four major sports: football, ice hockey, lacrosse, and field hockey. We believe that ANY sport or activity that involves contact, or the risk of injury, should require a mouthguard. A mouthguard not only serves to protect your teeth during a collision or accident, but offers several other key benefits, including:
- Protects the soft tissues of the mouth from unnoticeable lacerations that can lead to infection from bacteria.
- Protects your tongue and cheeks from being accidentally bit.
- Absorbs some of the force of impact and can reduce the risk of concussion and tooth loss.
- Reduces teeth clenching during athletic activity, conserving energy and often improving performance on the field.
About Custom Mouthguards
Although there are many options available at your local store for sports mouthguards, our dentists recommend that patients choose a custom-fit option for superior protection. Protect your teeth and gums with a truly custom tooth-guard. Over-the-counter options are generally bulky, poorly fit and uncomfortable to wear. In most cases, the wearer needs to expend energy biting down on the mouthguard to keep it from falling out or slipping around. Depending on the quality of material, over the counter options can actually irritate the gums and soft tissues in your mouth. There’s also the possibility of slippage with standard mouthguards. They can cause distractions while trying to focus on your performance and the game.
A custom-made mouthguard will be made to fit snugly over your teeth and gums- there is no need to bite down or clench the teeth to keep it in place. It can also be made to accommodate any dental appliances or existing orthodontics treatments by adding an extra layer of protection for athletes with braces. A custom-fit mouthguard enables the wearer to breathe and speak normally as well as drink fluids during play without having to be removed.
Protect your teeth and long-term dental health. If you would like to learn more about custom mouthguards, schedule a personalized dental exam today. Give us a call at (508) 687-6579 today! You can also schedule an appointment online today.
Custom Mouthguards FAQs
How long do sport mouthguards last?
With proper maintenance, and normal wear, they can last for about 5 years. We recommend bring your mouthguard with you to your dental visit at least once a year. A good rule of thumb is to have your dentist check it before your sport season begins. This will allow us time to create you a new one if your current one is too worn to use.
How long does it take to make a custom mouthguard?
Generally about two weeks although sometimes it may take longer. The process to have a custom mouthguard made will require two visits to our dentist office. At your first appointment, we will take several impressions of your teeth. They will be sent to a dental laboratory where they will be fabricated and then sent back to us. At your second appointment, about two weeks later, we will try your new mouthguard on to make sure it fits properly.
Why can’t I just use a boil and bit mouthguard?
A store bought, or boil and bite, mouthguard does not provide as much protection for your teeth when compared to a custom made mouth piece. While mouthguards in general will not prevent all injuries, a custom made one that fits seamlessly in your mouth will reduce your chances of major damage. Additionally, people that wear store bought mouthguards claim they are not comfortable and are hard to breath in. Most of the store bought mouthguards are made from cheap plastic that will not soften a blow to the mouth very well.