It is important to protect your teeth (and gums) when participating in contact sports, or any activity that could risk trauma to the mouth. A custom sports mouthguard will help prevent tooth damage, tooth loss, and injury to the gums. It can also protect any “investment” you have made in the function or appearance of your smile.
Dr. Joyce Kim recommends that patients consider the key benefits of choosing a custom fit sports mouth guard when choosing the right protection for their teeth. There are important differences to consider when comparing a custom option to those available at sporting goods stores.
- Snug, comfortable fit: dental impressions are taken and used to create a completely customized fit. This feature makes it possible for the wearer to drink fluids and communicate while in place and often leads to better compliance among young athletes.
- Improved performance: studies have shown that a custom mouthguard reduces energy spent clenching the jaw to keep one in place, often improving athletic endurance and the ability to concentrate on the field
Dr. Kim provides custom mouthguards for children and adults and in a brief visit can take the impressions needed to create your appliance. Your new mouthguard will be sent back to our office within a couple of weeks, ready to wear.