If you have a child who is preparing for an upcoming sports season, you’re probably busy gathering all the final components so that he or she can be ready to go on day one. Because accidents can happen so fast when athletes are playing sports, it’s important for your child to wear a mouthguard. While you can certainly find one at your local sporting goods store, is it the best option to choose? Continue reading to learn why you should consider custom mouthguards instead.
The Problem with Store-Bought Mouthguards
The typical mouthguard you purchase from a retailer will be made from plastic that has been mass produced in the most cost-effective manner. While that’s good for your wallet, it doesn’t offer the best protection. That’s because store-bought mouthguards are one-size-fits-all products. To be made pliable, they require the “boil and bite” method. Thankfully, there is a much more efficient way to protect your child’s teeth.
The Difference a Custom Mouthguard Makes
Instead of working with a pre-made plastic form, the custom method involves your dentist crafting an appliance based on the shape and size of your child’s mouth and teeth. This ensures a much more precise fit and increased protection.
The process starts with the dentist taking a digital scan of your teeth. They will be used to make a custom mold to ensure a snug, comfortable and protective fit. Here are some specific perks of choosing a custom mouthguard:
- Less sliding – By better preventing any sliding when there is a blow to the mouth, a custom mouthguard helps to prevent cuts and injuries.
- Better shock absorption – With a custom fit, there is improved protection and shock absorption. That translates into a lower risk of having cracked or broken teeth.
- Improved jaw protection – When there is facial trauma or a collision, the upper and lower teeth suddenly meeting can lead to a painful injury. With a perfectly fitted custom mouthguard in place, it’s like having a cushion between the two rows of teeth.
- Ability to personalize mouthguard– Any logo or design can be placed on the guard to show off your individual style.
It’s always much easier and cost-effective to prevent a dental emergency from happening than it is to treat one. By having a custom mouthguard, you can have the peace of mind of knowing he or she is entering the sports arena with the best possible protection.
About the Author
Dr. Chithra Durgam earned her dental degree from Northwestern University Dental School in Chicaog, IL. She gave the commencement speech at her dental graduation alongside the Surgeon General. She has been creating custom mouthguards since 2000 for PFL players, MMA fighters and NFL players. She creates custom mouthguards at Aesthetic Dental