Custom Mouth Guards for Athletes
By Stephen Rogers on April 06, 2015
The team at Greater Long Island Dental offers comprehensive general dentistry services with a focus on dental health and total wellness. Part of this means expert preventative and restorative care, which is why our team is interested in sports dentistry for athletes of all levels. One way we can help athletes through dental care is by crafting custom mouth guards. Let's take a moment to consider the use of custom mouth guards right now.
What is a mouth guard?
A mouth guard is a type of protective retainer that is worn in order to protect the teeth, tongue, and gums from serious injury. By getting a mouth guard placed, athletes of all kinds and all skill levels can prevent tooth damage and tooth loss and can also prevent serious harm to their tongues following sudden blows.
Mouth Guards Are Ideal for Contact and Combat Sports
Mouth guards are a great option to consider for people who play contact sports or who engage in combat sports. As alluded to above, they are helpful to professional athletes as well as amateur and student athletes.
It's worth considering a mouth guard if you participate in any of the following contact or combat sports:
- Mixed martial arts
A number of basketball players have started wearing mouth guards lately given the possibility of serious injury occurring on the court. A stray elbow or on-court collisions are possible in a heated game, so this extra caution makes sense.
Types of Mouth Guards Athletes Can Get
There are, generally speaking, three kinds of mouth guards that an athlete can get:
- Stock mouth guards – These kinds of mouth guards come in basic shapes and can be bought, ready-to-wear, at a sporting goods store.
- Semi-custom mouth guards – These kinds of mouth guards are typically made of some kind of malleable, heat-sensitive material. The material is warmed and the athlete bites into the mouthpiece, creating a semi-customized version of their dental arch.
- Fully customized mouth guards – Fully customized, a custom mouth guard is made from an impression taken at the dentist's office and then fabricated specifically for the athlete.
The Advantages of Custom Mouth Guards
Custom mouth guards offer the greatest degree of comfort and protection of all the mouth guards available. Since they are fully customized to the mouth of the athlete, there is very little chance for athletes to feel severe discomfort when then have the guard in place. This degree of comfort and full protection often gives athletes the edge they need to be on top of their game.
Is a custom mouth guard right for me?
If you are an athlete or an avid weekend warrior, it's a good idea to discuss a custom mouth guard with your dentist. Learning about the cost of the dental appliance and its benefits can help you find out if a custom mouth guard is just what you need to be the best.
Schedule a Consultation at Greater Long Island Dental
To learn more about mouth guards and how they can help you protect your teeth and have a healthy smile for years to come, it's important that you contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team here at Greater Long Island Dental looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve excellent dental health.
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