Do you or your child play contact sports? You need a well-fitting sports mouthguard.
Dr. Ira Goldberg provides custom sports mouthguards to patients in Succasunna, NJ. It is important to protect the teeth and gums during physical activity as it can reduce your risk of chipped teeth, knocked-out teeth, and jaw injury. Custom-fit mouthguards are preferable to over-the-counter options at sports stores. Especially if you wear braces or any other orthodontic appliance, the customized fit of this general dental option can keep these in place while minimizing the risk of damage.
Custom Mouthguards Treatment
Dr. Goldberg will take a dental mold 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 don’t 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.
Benefits of Mouthguards
A secure and well-fitting mouthguard offers an array of benefits to wearers:
- Reduce stress on the neck
- Protect the lower jaw from trauma
- Help minimize the risk of chipped and damaged teeth
- Reduce the risk of knocked out teeth
- Allow the wearer to speak clearly
- Reduce the chance of contact sports-related concussions
- Minimize the risk of bruising and injury to the soft tissues in the mouth
How long do mouth guards last?
Although they can last three to five years, mouth guards 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 mouth guard.
How do I know if my mouth guard fits properly?
Your mouthguard should fit securely to your teeth without the need to bite or clench the mouth guard. If your mouth guard does not fit properly, it can fall out, so it is important to make sure that it fits correctly.
Can a custom mouthguard shift your teeth?
A custom mouthguard should not shift your teeth if it is fitted correctly. If your mouthguard does not fit your teeth properly, there is potential for it to be uncomfortable and shift your teeth slightly.
Can I drink water with my night guard in?
You can drink water with your night guard in, but you should be sure not to drink or eat anything else. Foods and sugars from drinks can bring in unwanted bacteria that gets trapped between your teeth and your mouthguard.
How do you know if a mouthguard fits?
Your mouthguard should fit snugly without you having to clench your jaw to hold it in place. It should not be easily removed, and should feel snug against your teeth.
How do you take care of a custom mouthguard?
In order to properly care for your mouthguard we recommend cleaning and rinsing it every time before putting it in, and after removing it from your mouth. Dentists also say to avoid biting and playing with your mouthguard as this may cause it to lose its shape.
Dr. Goldberg is a dentist in Succasunna, NJ that offers custom sports mouthguards. Call 973-298-5893 or schedule a consultation online.