5 Benefits of Custom Mouthguards
Custom mouthguards are often downplayed. Neglecting such an important protective tool can expose your dental health to serious challenges, such as knocked-out teeth. But why should you buy custom-fitted mouthguards when generic versions exist in sports-goods stores? In this article, you’ll discover the unique benefits of custom mouthguards as opposed to the pre-made versions.
Custom Mouthguards Provide an Exact Fit
Our jaws, teeth and mouth vary from one person to another. So, it would require a feat of engineering for a manufacturer to mass produce mouthguards that would be a proper fit for every athlete.
Dental One Care makes custom-fit mouthguards. All you need to do is schedule an appointment with Dr. Farhat and he’ll take an impression of your teeth. This cast is then dispatched to a dental lab so that the customized mouthguard can be made for you. The device will fit you perfectly so that you don’t have to keep your mouth shut in order to retain the mouthguard. This precision of the fit makes the time and money spent acquiring the mouthguard a worthwhile investment.
Custom Mouthguards Mean Greater Comfort
Custom-fit mouthguards are very comfortable to wear because they are manufactured in accordance with the unique attributes of your mouth and teeth. This high degree of comfort makes wearing your mouthguard enjoyable. Dr. Farhat, a dentist in Sterling Heights, MI explains that this comfort is particularly important if the mouthguard is for a child because an uncomfortable mouthguard will create numerous opportunities for the child to “forget” to wear the device before going to train or compete in their sport. Pre-made mouthguards cannot offer the same degree of comfort, and therefore using them will mean putting up with a lot of unnecessary discomforts.
The purpose of wearing a mouthguard is to protect your teeth, jaw, lips and other oral structures from the forces generated during an impact, such as a collision with another athlete. Because custom-fit mouthguards are designed after getting the specifications of an individual, they offer maximum protection when compared to pre-made versions. For example, the custom-fit mouthguards made by Dental One Care can be designed to accommodate the wires in your braces so that those wires don’t break and hurt you during an impact. Generic mouthguards don’t accommodate those unique attributes, so you end up with less protection than you need.
The thickness of the material used when making custom-fit mouthguards is decided after considering the specific activities for which you need the mouthguard. For example, a person who is a boxer requires a thicker mouthguard than another person who plays tennis. This is because the likelihood of impacts to the mouth in boxing is higher (and the impacts are more violent) than in tennis. By varying the thickness, Dr. Farhat and his team at Dental One Care ensure that you will have the right type of protection for the specific sports you engage in.
Custom Mouthguards Are Cost-Effective
At first glance, custom-fit mouthguards may appear to be very expensive when compared to the mass-produced ones in sports-equipment stores. However, we asked our friend, Dr. Taher Dhoon, a dentist in Greeley, CO, about the benefits of custom mouthguards. Dr. Dhoon says that custom-fit mouthguards are actually more affordable than generic ones. For example, the generic versions will wear out quickly because they aren’t designed for the individual who buys them. So, you’ll likely exert more stress on some parts of the generic mouthguard, such as the sections where the mouthguard makes contact with the wires of dental braces.
Secondly, the customized mouthguard provides more protection and therefore saves you the high cost of dental reconstruction after a nasty impact. Generic mouthguards aren’t customized for a given sport, so the limited protection they provide sets you up to incur high costs when your oral structures are affected during an impact.
Look no further than Dental One Care if you need custom mouthguards in Sterling Heights, MI. Dr. Farhat and his experienced team will respond to all your queries and you will soon wonder why it took you so long to switch to custom-fit mouthguards.