If you or your child play contact sports, you need to wear a sports mouthguard. Dr. Glen Wainwright creates custom sports mouthguards in Austin, Texas. The dental professionals at Austin Dental Care help patients protect their teeth from injury and prevent the need for restorative dental work in the future. Mouthguards are a general dental treatment that protects teeth from chipping or getting knocked out during sports. Learn about all of the benefits of a custom mouthguard below.
Benefits of Custom Sports Mouthguards
Custom mouthguards are a much better choice compared to the kind you can get over the counter. Often called boil and bite mouthguards, they’re made to be one size fits all. While this is convenient, it means they aren’t always a good fit. Everyone’s mouth is different, and ill-fitting mouthguards can cause more harm than good.
If your mouthguard doesn’t fit properly, you have to continuously clench your jaw to make sure it stays in. This causes stress throughout your jaw and neck. Too much of this can be a factor in developing TMJ disorders. And if you’re constantly focused on trying to keep your mouthguard in, your head may not fully be in the game that you’re playing. You don’t want to be distracted from the gameplay.
A custom mouthguard makes it easier to communicate with your team and take quick water breaks. You’re able to speak clearly with a fitted mouthguard and you don’t have to worry about it falling out. You’re also able to take a drink of water when you have the mouthguard in.
Receiving a mouthguard that fits comfortably provides multiple benefits. Mouthguards:
- Protect the lower jaw from trauma
- Reduce stress on the neck
- Minimize the risk of bruising and injury to the soft tissues in the mouth
- Reduce the chance of contact sports-related concussions
- Help minimize the risk of chipped and damaged teeth
- Reduce the risk of knocked out teeth
- Allow the wearer to speak clearly
Call Austin Dental Care at 512-518-6392 if you play contact sports and require a mouthguard.
Custom Mouthguards in Austin, TX
Dr. Wainwright will take a dental impression of teeth so that the final product can be crafted. He will make sure the mouthguard is comfortable and easy to use. You should regularly clean your mouthguard with cool water and mouthwash or soap to make sure bacteria do not multiply. Cool water works well, as hot water can warp the plastic. The mouthguard should be stored in a ventilated container so it can dry between uses.
Although they can last three to five years, mouthguards should be replaced each year to make sure they fit properly each sports season. A general breakdown from repeated use may alter the fit of the mouthguard. Your mouthguard should fit securely to your teeth without the need to bite or clench the mouthguard.
If your mouthguard does not fit properly, it can fall out, so it is important to make sure that it fits correctly.
Can I use a custom sports mouthguard for teeth grinding issues?
No. Do not use your custom mouthguard for anything other than wearing while playing contact sports. You can incur damage to your mouthguard if you use it at night to prevent teeth grinding damage. Custom sports mouthguards are not built to withstand teeth grinding. Improper use of a sports mouthguard can significantly reduce its lifespan.
Can I use my sports mouthguard for sleep apnea?
No. Your sports mouthguard can not realign your jaw while you sleep. A sports mouthguard adds no benefit to sleep apnea treatment. You will need a custom oral appliance in order to alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms.
How do I clean my custom sports mouthguard?
Cleaning your sports mouthguard is quick and easy. Rinse your mouthguard with cold water before use. After use, rinse with cold water and hand soap or dish soap and store it in a protective case. Never use hot water or boil your mouthguard, as this can warp it and render it ineffective.
Request a Dental Consultation with our Dentist in Austin, TX
Dr. Wainwright is a dentist in Austin, Texas that is committed to finding effective dental solutions for athletes. Call our office at 512-518-6392. You may also schedule an appointment online using our form. Dr. Wainwright serves patients in West Lake Hills, West Austin, Lost Creek, Barton Creek, and all of Travis County, Texas.