Custom Mouth Guards
Many sports require athletes to use a mouth guard to protect their teeth while practicing and playing. Frequently used in contact sports, the mouth guard covers the gums and teeth to provide protection for lips, gums, teeth and arches. A properly fitted mouth guard can reduce the severity of dental injuries.
Pre-formed, ready-to-wear mouth guards 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. They don’t last long and because they do not fit well children often don’t wear them or they fall out if the player is hit!
Our office can make a custom mouth guard 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 mouth guard can be particularly important for athletes who wear braces. Our custom mouth guards are more comfortable, stay in place and some research says it increases performance and reduces incidence and severity of concussions.
Our office can even use your favorite sports team or other designs to create a truly custom mouth guard!
Frequently Asked Questions About Mouth Guards
What is a mouth guard?
A mouth guard is a device that protects the teeth, jaw, and soft tissues from traumatic injury. While there are a number of different types of mouth guards available, custom mouth guards are the best investment you can make when it comes to safety.
How much is a custom mouth guard and what is the benefit to having one made specifically for my child?
Custom mouth guards at our practice start at $80. What sets these mouth guards apart is that they’re made from a mold of your child’s teeth with a material superior to that used for boil-and-bite guards. Custom mouth guards offer the best protection possible and they’re particularly important for children who participate in contact sports. In addition to protecting the teeth, they also protect your child against head and neck injury by cushioning falls. A custom mouth guard that fits well encourages use and is more likely to stay in place when a player gets hit.
Can my child get a custom mouthguard if they are in braces?
Yes! A custom mouth guard can (and should) be made for any child with braces. Orthodontic treatment adds devices to the mouth that can easily do damage in a traumatic event. Unlike a store-bought boil-and-bite mouth guard, a custom mouth guard gives us the option to create a track to allow for tooth movement.
How do they make a custom mouthguard?
The process is simple—we take an impression (or mold) of your child’s teeth and they choose the color they’d like. In two weeks, you’ll return to our office and your child will try on their custom-made mouth guard so we can make adjustments, if needed. We’ll ask you to bring their mouth guard to every dental check up so we can make sure it’s still in good shape.
Why should I choose your office to make a custom mouthguard?
Custom mouth guards offer better protection than products that can be purchased at retailers or online. Many of our doctors have taken additional coursework on mouth guard design and are certified in sports dentistry.