MOUTHGUARDS AN OVERVIEW
Protecting your teeth, gums, and jaw should be important to any patient, especially patients who participate in contact sports. Sports-related injuries are one of the most common reasons for dental emergencies. To avoid dental emergencies and protect your teeth, gum, and jaw, you may want to consider a custom mouthguard.
Custom mouthguards offer numerous benefits for your dental health. Your dentist in Herndon VA, Dr. Mark Jefferies, can work with you to create a beautifully crafted mouthguard. If you would like to explore your options, visit our Herndon dentist office for a consultation.
CUSTOM MOUTHGUARDS VS. STORE BOUGHT MOUTHGUARDS
Custom fit mouthguards are designed to help maximize your performance. A custom mouthguard is highly personalized to meet your unique needs. Your dentist can manipulate the size, shape, and thickness of your mouthguard to maximize its benefits. Since a fit mouthguard is formulated especially for your needs, it can provide optimal comfort, safety, and design.
Over the counter mouthguards often rely on the “boil and bite” method to form to your teeth; this means that you boil the mouthguard until the plastic becomes soft and moldable. The mouthguard is placed in the mouth, and you bite down gently until it forms to your mouth and teeth. Although this may seem like an effective way to create a fitted mouthguard, it can often leave gaps or spaces in your mouthguard. This means that your mouthguard will not protect your teeth properly and thus making it ineffective.
Whenever applicable, our team will recommend a custom fit mouthguard over a store bought mouthguard. Custom fit mouthguard offers superior fit and design.
BENEFITS OF A CUSTOM MOUTHGUARD
A custom designed mouthguard offers several advantages for patients of all ages. If you play contact sports or participate in rigorous physical activity, you may benefit from a custom mouthguard from our Herndon, VA dentist office.
If you choose a custom mouthguard, you can look forward to these key benefits:
- Provides a comfortable fit
- Designed especially for your mouth so it won’t slip
- Allows for clear communication
- Great oxygen intake
- Effectively protects the teeth and gums from injury
Our team can work with you to design a custom fit mouthguard that meets your every need. Stay protected and maintain a healthy smile with your new custom mouthguard.
MOUTHGUARDS WHAT TO EXPECT
Receiving a custom mouthguard typically requires two visits to our office. During the first visit, we will discuss the overall design and fit of your mouthguard. We will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab for the fabrication of your custom mouthguard.
Once your mouthguard is ready, we will invite you back to our office. During your final visit, we will make any final adjustment to your mouth to ensure a comfortable and secure fit. After your final fitting, you are free to enjoy your mouthguard.
If you would like to learn more about custom fit mouthguards in Herndon VA, visit Dr. Jefferies today. Our team can work with you to protect your smile, reduce your risk of a dental emergency, and get you one step closer to optimal dental health.