Did you know that the American Dental Association estimates that mouthguards prevent more than 200,000 oral injuries each year? This number is important to keep in mind when considering if a customized mouthguard is worth investing in. Additionally, most athletes are required to wear a mouthguard as a part of their game-day uniform. While mouthguards offer you the obvious benefit of protecting your teeth, they also offer other benefits as well. Here are three additional reasons to wear a mouthguard.
Mouthguards allow you to stay focused on the game.
If you play competitive impact sports, you know how important is to stay focused on the game. If you are too busy worrying about protecting your face and mouth during points of high intensity, it’s likely you’ll miss out on scoring the point or making the goal. With a customized mouthguard, you get the peace of mind of knowing that your mouth and teeth are protected so that you can play without holding anything back. Additionally, customized mouthguards fit snuggly into your smile, unlike over-the-counter mouthguards that are a one-size-fits-all approach to tooth protection. This means that with a customized mouthguard, you aren’t constantly adjusting your mouthguard to ensure it doesn’t fall out. Instead, your mouthguard fits some comfortably into your mouth that you can forget it’s there and focus on making the winning play.
Damage to your braces could cause an extended treatment time.
If you are in the middle of orthodontic treatment with traditional braces, any damage to your braces only increases the amount of time you have to continue treatment. Traditional braces utilize a system of metal brackets and wires that are attached to your teeth surfaces. This means that if you endure any sort of facial trauma during your sport, it will likely affect your braces. Over-the-counter mouthguards typically do not fit around braces or other oral appliances. This is why we recommend a customized mouthguard, which is made personalized to fit over your smile including any additional oral appliances you have as well.
You can save money on extensive dental repairs.
If your smile is damaged during a play, you are going to want to restore it. Missing or damaged teeth can cause even more issues with your bite function and speaking patterns. Restorative dentistry is an effective solution at avoiding these issues, though it can be an unplanned expense for a healthy smile. Additionally, dental bridges, implants, and partials are all going to require additional time spent in the dental office to ensure that your smile if renewed back to its ideal look, feel, and function. Mouthguards are an affordable way to ensure that you do not have to spend extra money later on unplanned restorative dentistry.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are interested in getting a customized mouthguard, come visit Design Dental, Inc. in North Liberty, IA. We look forward to providing you with a mouthguard that will meet your needs and protect your smile. Schedule an appointment with our team today or call us at (319) 208-6095 for more information.