Protecting the teeth during sports and physical contact related activities is a key part of maintaining a healthy, functional smile. The most common way to protect the teeth during sports is with a mouthguard. This common general dental procedure is best for young athletes to protect their developing smiles.
Typically, patients use store bought mouthguards to protect their teeth. However, a store-bought mouthguard is not specifically designed with the needs of the patient in mind, which leaves room for a greater risk of injury.
A dentist can create a custom mouthguard to fit every groove and crevice in the mouth, making it a more effective solution to protect the teeth, gums, and jaw during sports and high contact activities.
Dr. Durning Moore offers custom fit mouthguards to meet your every need. If you or your child are in need of a custom mouthguard for sports, visit our Charlotte, NC dentist office.
Custom Mouthguards in Charlotte, NC
Custom mouthguards are proven to last longer and offer more effective results than over the counter mouthguards. Because we tailor your custom mouthguard to fit securely and comfortably over your teeth, you no longer have to worry about adjusting it during breaks.
In addition, a custom mouthguard can offer these key benefits:
- You have the ability to communicate
- Reduces the risk of bruises and cuts in the mouth
- Helps prevent tooth fractures and chipped teeth
- Reduces stress to the neck
- Protects the lower jaw from injury
- Fit comfortably and securely in the mouth
- Lowers the risk of knocked out teeth
- Minimizes the risk of concussion
- Allow you to breathe and speak more easily
Custom mouthguards offer a superior fit and ultimate protection against sports-related dental injuries. Our mouthguards are made from premium materials, which gives you to a long-lasting, comfortable solution for your protection needs.
A well-fitted mouthguard means that you won’t have to adjust during the game and can focus on the task at hand. This also means that the mouthguard separates the lower and upper jaw. When this happens, the shock is equally distributed throughout the mouthguard, therefore reducing the risk of injury to the teeth, jaw, and neck.
Custom Mouthguards Process
As mentioned, one of the best ways to protect your smile is with a custom and professionally made mouthguard. A mouthguard is a single piece of protective covering that is designed to protect your teeth and jaw.
When a mouthguard is loose and bulky, it loses its effectiveness. For maximum comfort and efficiency, a custom mouthguard often offers the best results. To get fitted for a custom mouthguard, it will require at least two visits to our Charlotte dentist office.
During the first visit, Dr. Moore will take impressions and molds of the teeth. We will then send the impressions to a local dental lab for the fabrication of your mouthguard.
At your second appointment, Dr. Moore will fit your mouthguard to ensure a proper fit. If necessary, any final adjustments are made during this appointment. With a custom fit mouthguard, you can play confidently knowing your smile is protected.
Custom-fit Mouthguard FAQs
How long does it take to get a custom mouthguard?
On average it takes approximately 2 weeks for a custom mouthguard to be molded and made. The process begins by dentists taking a mold of a patient’s mouth with dental putty. The mold is sent off to a lab where the custom mouthguard is made and shipped back to the dentist where patients can come in and pick up their new custom-fit mouthguard.
Can you drink with a mouthguard in?
Patients are told to avoid drinking and eating with a mouthguard in. It is recommended that patients burns and floss their teeth before putting a mouthguard in. This ensures that food and plaque cannot get stuck beneath the mouthguard.
Can you wear mouthguard all day?
Some mouth guards can be made to be worn all day. These are typically worn by adults who grind their teeth throughout the day. The material that these mouthguards are made of varies. Many patients may choose a clear plastic material so ensure they are still able to speak and the mouthguard is not visibly noticeable.