Are you or any family members active in contact sports?
Have you invested in the health and appearance of your smile? Protecting your teeth and gums from damage or loss is important- remember, teeth do not grow back. Dr. Hall can fit you or your child with a custom sports mouthguard in our Williamsburg family dental practice. Offering superior protection and comfort, a custom mouthguard is one of your most important safety measures when on the field or participating in contact sports.
Protecting your smile comfortably
Many sports require their players to wear a mouthguard during all competitions and practices. We believe this is an essential step in protecting your smile, even when not required. Sports like basketball, baseball, gymnastics, volleyball, football, and hockey all pose risks to your gum tissues as well as your teeth.
A mouthguard can often prevent other serious injuries, such as concussions, cerebral hemorrhages, and jaw fractures due to its ability to absorb contact forces. Studies have also shown that when wearing a custom mouthguard, there is less jaw clenching to keep it in place. This translates to more energy and focus on athletic performance. We often fit athletes from Williamsburg area high schools and recreation leagues with this protective gear.
A mouth protector custom fitted by a dentist is especially important for those who wear braces or have fixed or removable appliances such as bridge work. Dr. Stacey Hall offers customized solutions that provide a better fit – and therefore better protection – than anything store-bought.
Bite Guards for Teeth Grinding
Dr. Hall may recommend the use of a mouthguard to prevent teeth grinding, a common sign of a TMJ related disorder. Signs of teeth grinding can include worn or flat teeth, chipped teeth, and cracked teeth. Jaw pain and discomfort when chewing, headaches, and unexplained neck and shoulder pain are also common symptoms of TMJ.
Often worn at night, when most people grind their teeth unknowingly, a custom-fitted "night guard" can help your jaw muscles relax and prevent damage caused by teeth grinding. If you are concerned that you are grinding your teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hall for a dental exam, and evaluation of your oral health. Addressing a TMJ problem can restore comfort and health to your bite.
Creating a mouthguard: about the process
Dr. Hall will take dental impressions in our office to create your custom-fit mouthguard. This is an easy and quick process and the key to a custom fit mouthguard, one that will attach snugly and protect your teeth and gums. This is what sets a custom sports mouthguard apart from store-bought options. Your impressions will be sent to a lab for the creation of your new appliance. Once complete it will be sent to our office. We will let you know when it is ready and you can come in to pick it up.
If you would like to learn more about mouthguards or the need for a night guard to prevent teeth grinding, contact our office to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients of all ages to join our local dental care family. Protect your dental health investment and your natural smile with a custom mouthguard.
Custom Mouthguard FAQs
How long does a custom mouthguard last?
On average a custom mouthguard lasts anywhere between 6 months to 3 years. This depends on the patient's care for the mouth guard, their oral habits, and how severe their teeth grinding is.
How often should you clean your mouth guard?
Patients should clean their mouthguard frequently (at least every couple days with soap and water). Do not attempt to clean your mouthguard with a dishwasher, or warm water as the heat can warp and melt the plastic. It is recommended to brush your mouthguard when you brush your teeth to keep your cleaning on a schedule and ensure that your mouthguard does not give you bad breath.
Can a custom mouthguard shift your teeth?
If a custom mouthguard is molded and fitted correctly it should not shift your teeth. If your custom mouthguard does not fit or hurts to put in it is a good idea to see your dentist to evaluate the fit.
How long does it take to make a custom mouthguard?
On average it takes about two to three weeks to make a custom mouthguard. The process is long because multiple steps are involved. After your impression is taken it is sent to a lab where your mouthguard is created. Then, your mouthguard is sent back to your dentist where you can pick it up.
How should a custom mouthguard fit?
A custom mouthguard should fit snug against a patient's upper teeth. A mouthguard that fits should stay in place without having to bite or hold it in place.