- September 1, 2016
There was a time when athletic mouthguards were only worn by professional athletes in contact sports like football or boxing. Yet you’ll see more and more people wearing them. Skateboarders can use mouthguards, and many school sports require them. That’s all because athletic mouthguards do a great job of protecting your smile. At our Nashua, NH dental office, we offer athletic mouthguards customized for your smile.
Why Use A Mouthguard At All?
Athletic mouthguards are like helmets for your teeth. Many times, you won’t need it. But when an accident or injury happens, it can make a huge difference. Custom mouthguards from our Nashua, NH dental office can protect your teeth and help prevent damage that will need tooth bonding, dental crowns, or dental implants.
How Our Athletic Mouthguards Can Help You
Stock mouthguards don’t fit very well and can fall apart: You can go to most sporting goods stores and buy a mouthguard there. It’ll be pretty cheap, too. However, you know the saying: You get what you pay for. These mouthguards are better than nothing, but they have several downsides. First, they often do not feel comfortable in your mouth. One-size-fits-all doesn’t work very well. And if they are uncomfortable to wear, it’s going to be easy to “forget” them and not wear any.
When the mouthguards don’t fit well, they also don’t do as good a job at protecting your teeth. They can slide around when you have an accident. These mouthguards are often cheaply made and can start to fall apart much sooner than you’d like.
Boil-and-bite mouthguards still don’t fit nearly as well: Some stores (especially online) have a different kind of stock mouthguard. They’re called “boil-and-bite” athletic mouthguards. You boil them in water, which makes the mouthguard soft and pliable. Then you put it in your mouth and bite down. By holding it for a little while, it becomes more customized.
However, these still have problems like with stock mouthguards. While better than the stock kind, they can still feel uncomfortable in your mouth. They can also move around a bit, which takes away from the protection you bought them for in the first place.
A customized fit can make it easier to breathe. No matter how fit you are, you’ll be breathing heavily after so much exercise and activity. Your body needs oxygen to consume energy, so you need to breathe clearly. That’s why many athletes use that tape of the nose; it helps them breathe easier. If you have a stock or boil-and-bite mouthguard, it’s not going to fit perfectly. That can get in the way of you breathing.
Normally, that’s not a problem. When you’re breathing hard after exercise, you need all the air you can get. A customized athletic mouthpiece will give you the best chance at breathing normally.
Repairing or replacing teeth can be expensive: Not everything is about the cost. For example, a custom mouthpiece from our Nashua, NH dental office is more expensive than cheap stock mouthguards. That said, customized athletic mouthguards can save you money in the long run. Because they fit properly, they can do a better job at protecting your smile. That means skipping the cost of getting restorative dentistry treatments like dental crowns or dental implants.
Sure, they both do a great job of repairing and replacing teeth. But wouldn’t you rather save the money and hassle by not having needing them in the first place?
Many team sports require athletic mouthguards these days: Schools and youth organizations are working harder than ever these days to protect children. Some of that is to avoid lawsuits, but a lot has to do with an increased awareness of how to help people. That’s why so many sports in schools and community centers require athletic mouthguards. They help keep people safer.
If you or one of your children must have an athletic mouthguard in order to play, you should get one that fits and lasts. That’s what you get with custom mouthguards from our Nashua, NH dental office.
You never know when the next big hit will happen: You are right that the chances of getting an injury to your smile is low. Most of the time, you won’t need your athletic mouthguard. However, you never know when you’re going to need it. You rarely need your seat belt. Would you tell your child to skip buckling up when they get in the car? You cannot predict the future, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Custom mouthguards can help protect your braces: All of these problems get a bit worse when you have braces. This orthodontic treatment can help your smile look great, but you end up with a mouth full of metal and wires. Taking a hit to the jaw is bad enough; try taking one with all of that metal on your teeth.
You can get mouthguards made that will cover teeth and braces. This helps protect your braces from getting damaged. It also protects your mouth from getting cut on the metal brackets and wires.
If you or your child plays an active sport, call us at 603-546-7460 for an appointment to get a comfortable, safe athletic mouthguard.