Why Custom Mouthguards from an Oral Surgeon Are More Effective
Posted on 4/26/2021 by Dr. Shaun Rai
Mouthguards are often used to protect your teeth while playing contact sports, or to prevent damage to your teeth if you suffer from bruxism. While you can find many affordable types of mouthguards at pharmacies and sporting goods stores, a custom mouthguard is much more effective.
Why You Should Use A Mouthguard?
Mouthguards are essential for protecting your teeth, tongue, cheeks, gums, and jaw from trauma by absorbing and dispersing shock. Athletes are significantly more likely to sustain a serious injury if they are not wearing a mouthguard, and people who grind their teeth are at risk of worn down, cracked, and broken teeth if they do not wear a mouthguard at night. Over-the-counter mouthguards like the stock or boil and bite variety offer limited protection, and they often feel bulky and uncomfortable. It can be difficult to speak and breathe while wearing them as well. If your mouthguard is extremely uncomfortable, you will not be encouraged to wear it.
Why A Custom Mouthguard Is Better
A custom mouthguard designed in our office, on the other hand, offers a superior level of both comfort and protection. To design your custom mouthguard, we first take a mold of your teeth, then work with a lab to manufacture the mouthguard, a process which typically takes one or two weeks. The result is a high-quality piece of equipment that perfectly fits to your teeth, even if you have braces, a dental bridge, or other dental work. Custom-made mouthguards are less bulky and more comfortable than over-the-counter mouthguards, and because of their improved fit, they protect your teeth much more effectively. Plus, they are easy to clean, and you can speak and breathe easier than with stock or boil and bite mouthguards. Since it will no longer feel like a chore to wear a mouthguard for teeth grinding or playing sports, you will be doing your mouth a favor by protecting it from serious injury. Contact us today to see how we can fit you for a comfortable and highly effective custom mouthguard.