Protect Your Teeth from Impact
If you or your child plays a high-impact sport like soccer, football, boxing, baseball, wrestling, or hockey, then Dr. James Peterson highly recommends a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth, gums, and jaw. Unlike generic mouthguards that you can buy in a store, a customized mouthguard from James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry will be molded and fitted specifically for you, making it more comfortable and more effective.
Best Candidates for Mouthguards
Custom mouthguards are important if you or your child plays a sport that involves physical contact or has a high risk of injury. Many of our patients participate in volleyball, football, martial arts, hockey, soccer, softball, wrestling, and other activities with a high likelihood for facial trauma. A custom-made mouthguard can be especially beneficial if you have braces or dental restorations, since these can cut your gums and the soft tissue lining your mouth. Mouthguards have also been proven to help athletes who run, practice yoga, cycle, and lift weights by reducing pressure on the jaw. Since a custom mouthguard is made specifically for your needs, it generally fits better and lasts longer than the stock or boil-and-bite mouth protectors available at sporting goods stores.
What To Expect
To create your mouthguard, Dr. Peterson will take a series of digital dental impressions of your teeth and mouth. Your impressions will be sent off to a dental laboratory where your mouthguard will be carefully crafted from durable, high-quality material. Once completed, you will come back to our office for a fitting, and Dr. Peterson will make sure your mouthguard fits properly and feels comfortable.
How to Care for Your Mouthguard
When you receive your mouthguard, it is important to wear it while playing sports or whenever your mouth needs protection. Caring for your mouthguard will be crucial in prolonging its lifespan. Store it in a safe place and clean it before and after each use. Dr. Peterson will go over the best way to clean your mouth guard depending on the materials used to make it. You should bring it with you to every dental appointment so Dr. Peterson can check the condition and tell you when you need to replace it.
If you would like to lower your chance of damaging your teeth and mouth during high-impact and athletic activities, we encourage you to contact James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Coppell, TX to learn more about custom mouthguards.