Mouthguards are worn during contact sports to protect the teeth and gums when injury occurs. Sports like basketball, football, lacrosse, or hockey require physical contact between players, increasing the risk of damage to the teeth and gums.
If you or your child participates in these types of sports, Dr. Matthew Gerald can offer you a custom mouthguard in Vienna, VA. These provide the best layer of protection for the teeth and gums. They are affordable and can be quickly made in a single office visit.
The Benefits of a Custom Mouthguard
A professional sports mouthguard offers multiple benefits to patients. Because our mouthguards offer a custom fit, they will not easily fall out or distract players during a game.
Store-bought sports mouthguards are not customized to each patient and they often fall out during play. This also makes it difficult for players to speak or communicate on the court or field. They also simply do not protect the teeth, gums, and soft tissues in the mouth as well.
The materials used to make custom mouth pieces is superior to the store bought kind. Consequently, they are able to offer better impact protection. A custom mouth guard can save you thousands of dollars in dental emergencies.
Furthermore, they can be still be used if you have braces or other dental appliances. They can actually protect the braces from being damaged and from harming the soft tissues in your mouth if trauma occurs.
Receiving a Sports Mouthguard
To begin treatment, we take dental impressions of the teeth to ensure that the mouthguard fits properly. These impressions are sent to a dental lab where the mouthguard is created. When the mouthguard is complete, we will make sure that it feels comfortable.
You can clean your sports mouthguard with warm water and soap. Do not wash your mouthguard with hot water as this can warp the plastic. Once the mouthguard is clean, you can store it in your case.
We recommend that patients replace their mouthguard every sports season, or whenever they outgrow their mouthguard. It is especially important to get a new mouthguard if you have one that is worn out. A mouthguard that fits and conforms to the teeth provides the most protection and comfort.
Mouthguards and TMJ
Oral appliances, or nightguards, can be used to treat bruxism and TMJ disorders. However, sports mouthguards cannot be used as treatment for these conditions because they are made of thick plastic.
Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, causes damage to the teeth and can lead to cracks and chips in the tooth enamel. We can provide patients with custom mouthguards for sports and for TMJ. TMJ mouthguards can be worn at night to prevent tooth damage and alleviate jaw pressure.
Custom Mouthguard FAQs
How should a custom mouthguard fit?
Your shouldn’t need to bite or hold your mouthguard in order for it to fit snugly against your upper teeth. Your mouthguard does not fit properly if you have to bite down to keep it in place. Your mouthguard should stay firmly in place on your top teeth without slipping or moving.
How long do custom made mouthguards last?
If you take good care of your custom mouthguard, it should last you anywhere from three to five years! However, as a general rule of thumb, we advise that you replace your mouthguard once a year due to general deterioration from usage.
What are custom mouthguards made of?
Custom mouthgauards are made of a thermoplastic polymer. We take precise measurements of each patient’s mouth to create a custom mold. Fit, ease of speech, comfort, and retention are some of the benefits to using a custom fit mouthguard.
Schedule a Consultation for a Custom Mouthguard in Vienna, VA
Do you or your child need a new sports mouthguard? Request a dental appointment with Dr. Gerald or a member of his dental team on our website. You can also call our Vienna dental office today at (703) 721-4796.