Why Wear a Mouth Guard During Sports?
At Advanced Dentistry of Centre County, we often treat patients who have suffered knocked-out teeth, damaged restorations, and other injuries to their teeth, gums, and jaw from sporting activities. If you or someone in your family is active in any type of sport (such as soccer, boxing, football, baseball, wrestling, hockey, and track), then our general dentists highly recommend a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Compared to store-bought generic mouthpieces, custom mouth guards are crafted in a professional dental lab for each individual, making this type of appliance more comfortable and effective. To reduce the chance of harm and protect the smiles of those you love most, reach out to our State College, PA team today to learn more about custom-made mouth guards.
Who Should Wear a Sports Mouth Guard?
Children, teens, and adults may all be candidates for a professional mouth guard. These appliances are important to wear if you or a member of your family play a sport with a high risk of injury or frequent contact. A number of our patients participate in volleyball, football, martial arts, soccer, hockey, softball, wrestling, and other contact sports. A mouth guard may be particularly helpful if you have braces or dental restorations as they can easily injure the soft tissue in your mouth or cause damage to your smile upon impact. Mouth guards have also been demonstrated to assist athletes in sports without contact (track and field, yoga, and weight lifting) by decreasing tension on the jaw. Since a custom mouth guard is made specifically for each individual patient, it typically fits better and lasts longer compared to boil-and-bite or stock mouth guards bought at sporting goods stores.
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What Is the Process?
To create your custom mouth guard, our dentists will take a quick, comfortable digital impression of your mouth. This intraoral scan will be sent to a dental laboratory where professionals will make your mouth guard from durable, high-quality materials. Once completed and delivered to our practice, we will schedule you to come back in to have your guard fitted. Our dentists will ensure your guard fits correctly and is comfortable and will make any necessary adjustments.
Caring for Your Custom Appliance
Once you receive your mouth guard, it is very important to wear it while playing sports or anytime your mouth needs extra protection. Caring for your mouth guard will be crucial in preserving its lifespan. We recommend storing it in a safe location, away from heat and moisture, and cleaning it before and after every use. Our team will explain the best method to clean your mouth guard based on the materials used to fabricate your appliance. It is a good idea to bring your guard to each of your routine dental appointments so our dentists can inspect its condition and ensure it is still properly protecting your smile.
Are Mouth Guards Covered by Insurance?
Some dental insurance plans may offer coverage toward professional mouth guards. Before taking your impressions, our financial coordinator will review your insurance benefits and provide you with an estimate of any personal cost. Advanced Dentistry accepts several forms of payment and can help you apply for convenient financing plans.
Custom Protection for Your Smile
Guard your oral health and boost your sports performance with a custom mouth guard from Advanced Dentistry of Centre County. Our dentists offer professional, high-quality mouth guards to protect your teeth, gums, and smile from accidents and injuries during sports. Schedule an appointment at our State College, PA practice to learn more information about the benefits of mouth guards.
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