If you play contact sports like lacrosse, football, hockey, soccer, or basketball, you need a sports mouthguard. Sports mouthguards are used to protect the teeth and gums from injury during sports. As a general dental solution, mouthguards prevent patients from needing cosmetic or restorative treatment. Dr. Catherine Wilder and Dr. Lauren Shepard offer custom sports mouthguards in Katy, Texas. Call Katy Smile Design if you need a new mouthguard for the upcoming sports season.
Store-Bought vs.Custom Sports Mouthguards
Over-the-counter sports mouthguards do not provide a custom fit. They can feel bulky in the mouth and make it difficult to drink or speak clearly. Athletes who wear a store-bought mouthguard may also feel the need to clench their jaw to keep it in place. Jaw clenching creates pressure in the jaw joint and adds stress to the area. Over time, this continuous jaw clenching may lead to bite problems. Alternatively, custom-fit professional mouthguards fit securely in the mouth and make it much easier to drink and speak. They protect teeth and dental work from damage. With a proper fit, patients can focus on the game and not on the placement of their mouthguard.
Receiving a Custom Mouthguard
To create your custom sports mouthguard, we will take impressions of the teeth. These digital impressions are sent to a local dental lab where the custom mouthguard is created. We will ensure that the mouthguard fits properly once it is complete. Our mouthguards come with a protective plastic case.
Sports mouthguards are easy to care for and maintain. Regularly rinse your mouthguard with cool water. Warm or hot water can warp the plastic. Mouthguards can be cleaned with mouthwash or soap and water to make sure they are free from bacteria. In between uses, store your mouthguard in its container. This container is ventilated but sturdy to make sure the mouthguard is protected and stays clean.
Call Our Dental Office Today
Is your old mouthguard not fitting properly? Do you need a new sports mouthguard? Contact Katy Smile Design at 281.843.9814 or request a dental consultation with Dr. Wilder and Dr. Shepard on our website.