What Is an athletic mouth guard?
We understand that sports are an important and vibrant part of many of our patients' lives in the Bellmead, TX community. If you or your child play a contact sport, like boxing, football, soccer, wrestling, hockey, or baseball, then we strongly encourage a custom sports mouth guard. These appliances are specially designed to help protect your teeth, gums, and jaw from injury. Compared to store-bought appliances, customized mouth guards from ACE Dental of Bellmead will be created and fitted just for you, which makes them more effective and comfortable. If you want help protecting your smile from injury, we invite you to contact our dental office in Bellmead, TX to learn more about customized athletic mouth guards.
WHen are Sports Mouth Guards Recommended?
Professionally made mouth guards are helpful if you or a member of your family participate in vigorous activities or sports with high contact. A number of our patients take part in football, volleyball, martial arts, hockey, softball, soccer, wrestling, and other highly physical sports. A mouth guard may be especially useful in case you have braces or dental restorations since these can cut your gums, as well as the soft tissue lining your mouth. Mouth guards also have been shown to help athletes in non-contact sports, such as jogging, yoga, and weight training, by reducing tension on the jawbone. Since a custom mouth guard has been made specifically for your needs, it generally fits better and lasts longer compared to stock or boil and bite mouth protectors available at sporting goods stores.
how is a Custom athletic mouth guard made?
To create your mouth guard, our sports mouth guard dentists will take a collection of digital impressions of your oral structures. Your impressions will be sent to a dental lab where your mouth guard will be carefully crafted from durable, high-quality material. Once made and shipped back to our practice, you'll return to our office to get your guard fitted. If needed, we'll make minor adjustments to your device to ensure your guard fits correctly and feels comfortable.
How Can I Properly Care for my Mouth Guard?
Once you get your mouth guard, it's crucial to wear it while playing sports or if your mouth needs protection. Caring for your mouth guard will be critical in maintaining its lifespan. It's also important to store it in a safe place and wash it before and after every use. We recommend that you bring your mouth guard to your future dental appointments so we can inspect and keep track of its condition. We can also determine when it may be time to replace the appliance, especially for younger children as their oral structures will change as they continue to grow.
Does Insurance Cover Athletic mouth guards?
Some coverage might be available for mouth guards, depending on your specific dental plan. During your initial consultation in our Bellmead, TX office, we'll call your company to review your benefits and estimate your out-of-pocket costs. ACE Dental of Bellmead accepts most major credit cards and can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Athletic Mouth Guard FAQs
What kind of injuries does an athletic mouth guard protect against?
Our Bellmead, TX patients experience protection from a variety of different injuries through wearing their athletic mouth guard. Most obviously, your custom sports mouth guard will protect against losing or chipping teeth. In addition, these devices help our patients protect their soft tissues, nerves, gums, and even your lips and tongue.
How long will my mouth guard last?
The longevity of your athletic mouth guard will depend on a few factors, including the patient's age, amount of usage, and maintenance of the mouth guard. For our adult patients, undamaged athletic mouth guards can last for several years with proper maintenence. Our adolescent patients may need their mouth guards replaced more frequently, depending on the impact placed on the mouth guard and the patient's physiological development.
Is this the same thing as a night mouth guard?
While athletic mouth guards and night mouth guards both protect your mouth, they protect against different forms of wear and tear. Athletic mouth guards are specifically designed to protect your mouth against high impact and trauma that might occur through various contact sports and need only be worn while engaging in physical activity. Night mouth guards serve for protection against various wear that happens when the body is at rest and should be worn throughout the night.
Protect Your Teeth During Sports
Protect your smile and improve your sports performance using a custom-made mouth guard. ACE Dental of Bellmead provides quality athletic mouth guards to prevent accidents and discomfort during contact sports and other vigorous activities. Schedule an appointment at our office in Bellmead, TX to find out more information about the advantages of custom sports mouth guards.