Contact sports and other athletic activities increase the risk of cracked, fractured or knocked out teeth. Blows to the face and mouth can be especially harmful to people wearing braces. The American Dental Association estimates that nearly $500 million is spent each year dealing with these kinds of injuries. In most cases these injuries could have been prevented by wearing a mouth guard.
Stock mouth guards and boil and bite mouth guards might be inexpensive, but they are rarely comfortable. Some can even impede your ability to breathe. This drives some athletes to choose not to wear a mouth guard at all!
This is especially foreboding when you consider that new research suggests that a custom fitted mouth guard can also reduce the chances of concussions and certain brain injuries.
Your dentist can fit you for a custom mouth guard. These pieces are specifically designed to match your teeth and bite pattern for maximum comfort and easy breathing. They are made from a special thermoplastic material that is known for being very durable. With proper care they can last for several years.
The money spent on a custom mouth guard greatly outweighs the cost of repairing or replacing damaged and lost teeth.
If you are interested in being fitted for a custom mouth guard please feel free to call us at (407) 322.6052 to schedule an appointment.