Mouthguards are a tool you need if you’re going to be playing contact sports. This is particularly true if you’ve recently had work done to your teeth, or if you’re getting one for your child that currently has braces or an orthodontic device. Dr. James White, a dentist in Las Vegas, NV, provides custom mouthguards and discusses the benefits.
Why Get a Custom Mouthguard?
Mouthguards help to protect your teeth from chips and breaks while you’re playing contact sports. They’re a preventative measure that can help save you from getting a tooth knocked out or damaging an orthodontic device.
Boil and bite mouthguards are available over the counter, touting themselves as a “one size fits all” mouthguard. However, these are often big and bulky and don’t really fit the way they should. When you’re playing sports, you should be able to talk to your teammates freely and drink water if needed. With a boil and bite mouthguard, you can’t do these things. You also have to clench your teeth to keep the mouthguard in, which can cause pain and tension.
A custom mouthguard is made for your mouth and fits you perfectly. You should be able to speak with it in and breathe normally, unlike with boil and bite guards. You also don’t have the stress on your neck and jaw that can come with trying to keep boil and bite mouthguards in your mouth.
Mouthguards protect you from more than just damaging your teeth, too. They protect your lower jaw from encountering trauma and any bruising and soreness you can have from getting hit there. They also make you less likely to get a concussion, depending on where you get hit. These are things you want to avoid and protect yourself or your child from at all costs.
The Custom Mouthguard Process
Each patient is different and no two mouthguards are alike. We want to make sure each mouthguard fits the particular needs of each patient. Dr. White will talk with you about the sport you’re in and the reasons you’re getting a mouthguard. Then, a dental impression will be taken of your teeth. This is how we’re able to make sure your mouthguard fits correctly. It’s sent to a lab that specializes in crafting custom dental restorations.
When it’s done, we’ll do a final fitting of the mouthguard in our office. We want it to fit you comfortably and be exactly what you need. If there are any adjustments that need to be made, they’ll be done for you.
Dr. White will also go over steps to take care of your mouthguard. You have to keep it clean so bacteria doesn’t grow. Clean it regularly with water and either mouthwash or soap to eliminate bacteria. Just rinsing with water doesn’t cut it. Make sure you use cool or lukewarm water as water that’s too hot can warp the plastic. A well-ventilated container for storage is crucial to making sure it can air out and dry off between uses and cleanings.
Custom Mouthguards From Your Las Vegas, Nevada Dentist
Do you or your child need a custom mouthguard to protect the teeth during sports? Call us or schedule an appointment online.