Most premature tooth loss in minors is caused by trauma related to sports activities. Developments in restorative dentistry allow for repairs or replacement of damaged teeth that will have them looking and working like new. However, these procedures can be costly and time-consuming. Prevention is always the best approach.
That is why it is important to come see our team at Rockton Dental and let our professionals make a custom mouthguard for your child athlete. These mouthguards will protect their teeth during activities and save you money. A high-quality sports mouthguard is a great investment that will pay dividends.
What Types of Mouthguards Are There?
There are three general categories of sports mouthguards. The cheapest and most common type is stock mouthguards. These mouthguards are ready to use right off the shelf and are performed. Stock mouthguards are better than no protection at all, but rarely fit properly and can make it difficult for your child to breathe and speak during activity.
The second type of mouthguard is the boil and bite style of mouthguard. This type of mouthguard requires you to complete a fitting process at home. During the process, you will typically have to boil the mouthguard for a specific amount of time, expose it to ice or cold water, and then have your child bite down so that it is shaped to their teeth. These mouthguards offer better protection than stock mouthguards but over biting can leave insufficient material to protect your child’s smile.
The best type of mouthguards are custom mouthguards made by dental professionals. When you bring your child in for their appointment, our team will make a mold of their teeth. They will then construct the mouthguard around this mold to ensure that it offers adequate protection. Custom mouthguards offer maximum protection and comfort thanks to their precise fit.
Benefits of a Custom Mouthguard
Custom mouthguards offer several benefits when compared to other types of mouthguards. The primary benefit of custom mouthguards is protection against tooth damage or loss as a result of sports-related trauma. In addition, a properly fitted mouthguard helps protect your child from suffering concussions as a result of impacts to the head.
How Long Do Mouthguards Last?
A custom sports mouthguard will last for the duration of your child’s sports season. The guard should be replaced before the following season. If they are using their mouthguard for multiple sports throughout the year, the guard should be replaced every six months. Replacing the mouthguard at appropriate intervals is important to ensure that it is functioning properly.
As your child uses the mouthguard, small amounts of material are slowly lost, and it will become thinner. This thinning process is part of the normal wear of the mouthguard. When the material becomes too thin, it will not offer sufficient protection for your child. That is why our team recommends replacing the guard after each season.
Do not settle for subpar equipment when it comes to protecting your child’s smile. Come see our team at Rockton Dental and let us fit your child for a custom sports mouthguard. You can schedule your appointment by calling our team at (815) 624-3269 today.