Do you or your child play sports? We recommend mouthguards for patients of all ages who play contact sports or sports with contact between players. A mouthguard can be an essential preventative treatment against damage to natural teeth, braces, and other appliances. At Dental Health Group, we can create custom mouthguards for Colmar, PA, patients to help them protect their smiles and prevent injuries.
Custom Sports Mouthguards in Colmar, PA
Sports mouthguards need to be customized to patients for the best results. A properly fitted sports mouthguard can:
- Protect the mouth’s soft tissues
- Prevent tooth loss or dental injuries
- Protect orthodontic appliances
- Allow wearers to speak and drink
Often, patients who wear over-the-counter mouthguards may feel they need to clench their teeth to keep their mouthguard in place. Clenching the teeth will add more pressure and discomfort to the teeth and jaw. With custom-made nightguards, patients don’t need to worry about their appliances slipping or falling out of their mouths during a game.
Additionally, we recommend that patients replace their mouthguards when they notice signs of wear or if their mouthguard looks misshapen. Children who are losing baby teeth and growing their permanent teeth may need to replace their mouthguards more frequently for a proper fit.
Are nightguards and mouthguards the same?
While TMJ nightguards also cover the teeth, they are made of different materials. They also have other functions. Nightguards and sports mouthguards are not interchangeable. TMJ nightguards are made of hard acrylic and cover the upper or lower teeth. We ensure that TMJ nightguards make equal contact with all the teeth, making you less likely to chew or grind your teeth with the nightguard.
Alternatively, sports mouthguards are made of rubber-like plastic materials and cover the front of the smile. Mouthguards prevent damage or loss of the teeth in the front of the mouth. These mouthguards will not protect the chewing surfaces of the teeth, only the front of the teeth.
Protect Your Smile
Does your child need a new sports mouthguard for this upcoming season? Call our dental office for a custom mouthguard today at (215) 774-6702. Request a dental appointment with our team online.