What Are Athletic Mouth Guards?
We have many patients at Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress who lead active lifestyles, playing a variety of sports. To protect our patients' smiles and offer comprehensive care, we are glad to provide custom-made mouth guards for use during sports. People of all ages from kids to adults can benefit from wearing an athletic mouth guard when they play both contact and non-contact sports. Certain activities like baseball, hockey, boxing, football, and lacrosse carry a higher risk of oral injury, but it is possible to place strain on your mouth and jaw during weight-lifting and yoga too. If you or someone in your family loves to play sports, our experienced dentist suggests you wear a custom-fit athletic mouth guard during these activities to help protect your smile. Specifically crafted for each patient to make sure they are a comfortable fit, these appliances can reduce the risk of damaging your teeth, soft tissues, and jaw if contact or injury occurs during physical activity. To find out more about custom mouth guards for your family, contact us to schedule a consultation at our Houston, TX location.
Who Is a Candidate for Athletic Mouth Guards?
You can reduce your risk of smile damage by wearing a custom-fitted mouth guard during sports to help protect your teeth, gums, and jaw. Store-bought boil-and-bite guards may be tempting but professionally made mouth guards are custom-made for your mouth out of higher quality materials, and often fit much more comfortably. These custom mouth guards effectively cover the gum tissues and teeth by sitting comfortably between the upper and lower arches. These appliances are personalized to meet your unique needs and Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress recommends them for anyone who participates in active or passive sporting activities where injury to the mouth may occur. Sports like wrestling, martial arts, boxing, baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, weight lifting, yoga, and track and field can all carry a risk of oral injury.
We also recommend custom mouth guards for patients with veneers, crowns, or other restorations on the teeth and for anyone who wears traditional metal braces. In these cases, mouth injury can damage the restorations, gums, teeth, lips, cheeks, and the jaw without extra protection. Contact or blunt-force injury to the face or mouth while engaging in vigorous activities may cause significant damage to your smile.
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How Are Sports Mouth Guards Made?
Prior to custom-creating your unique athletic mouth guard, we will evaluate your jaw and teeth and talk with you about your sports activity to discover more about your unique needs. This information will help us to create the type of appliance best suited for you. Models of your teeth will be made using impressions of your upper and lower teeth. We will send these models with specific instructions to our lab where they will fabricate your mouth guard. Made from high-quality, durable acrylic or other material, you may personalize your custom mouth guard in your team colors or another color of your choice. Once your guard arrives at our office, you will be able to try it on and at that time we will give you instructions on how to wear and care for it. Our dentist will check it for a comfortable fit and make any necessary changes at that time.
How Can I Care for My Mouth Guard Appliance?
It is very important to wear your mouth guard whenever you play sports or participate in physical activity that may cause oral injury and as recommended by our dentist at Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress. We have treated many of our patients over the years for injuries resulting from accidents that occurred during sports when mouth guards were not worn. To defend against oral damage and discomfort, the best thing to do is make wearing your athletic mouth guard every time you play a habit. It is easy to care for mouth guards, and with good care, they can last for several years. We recommend that you store your guard in a plastic case and clean it every time you use it, and bring it to your biannual cleaning visits so we can monitor its condition and make sure it still fits well. As they grow, children may need new guards as their jaws continue to develop, and when needed a new appliance can be created for them.
Are Mouth Guards Covered by Insurance?
When you are in our office for your treatment consultation, our team will talk with you about your options for athletic mouth guard appliances. We will contact your insurance provider to find out if your plan covers any portion of your guard. At Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress, it is important to us that your family gets needed protection when playing sports, and we will work with you to find an option that meets your needs in terms of both your budget and treatment. Several convenient payment methods along with in-office and low-interest financing solutions are available to help you cover any out-of-pocket costs.
Custom Mouth Guards for Sports
Enjoy optimal protection during sporting activities with custom-fit athletic mouth guards from Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress. By visiting our offices for a personalized consultation with our dentist, the best possible guard can be identified for you or your family members for both contact and non-contact physical activities. Custom mouth guards minimize the risk of oral injury by covering the teeth and gums as you play sports. To get started with crafting your custom appliance, call us today to set up a visit with our family practice in Houston, TX.