Mouthguards / Sportsguards

If you or your child plays competitive, contact sports, you definitely know the importance of protecting yourself from injuries. Most contact sports require protective equipment such as padding and helmet. Mouthguards are essential devices that can help reduce the risk of injury to your teeth and mouth. At BrightCraft Dental and Laser, we offer custom sports mouth guards.

What are dental mouth guards?

 A sports mouth guard is an oral appliance that you wear over your upper teeth during contact sports or other activities.
 They help minimize the impact of a concussion and other injuries to the teeth, tongue, lips, jaw and face.
 BrightCraft Dental and Laser mouth guards are custom-made for your particular smile.
 They are plastic horseshoe-shaped covers that fit exactly over your teeth and gums.
 A properly fit sports mouth guard protects against sporting injuries – most commonly from broken and damaged teeth and broken or dislocated jaws.

Who needs a mouth guard?

A mouth guard is an appliance that can be used in a range of applications. They are mostly useful for people who are at risk of oral trauma due to sports like football and rugby. Because these sports might lead to severe and, in some instances, irreversible damages, athletes are required to wear some kind of protection.
You are a good candidate for sports mouth guards if you engage in the following sports:
✓   Boxing
✓   Football
✓   Rugby
✓   Hockey
✓   Lacrosse
✓   Gymnastics
✓   Wrestling
✓   Skateboarding
✓   Martial arts etc.
When you wear a custom-made mouth guard that was fitted by a professional dentist, you decrease the risk of impact to not just your teeth alone but also your jaw, neck and even your brain.

Types of mouthguards

There are three types of mouth guards:

Ready-made mouth guards

Ready-made mouth guards are stock devices that you can buy off the shelf, which comes ready to be worn. They cannot be adjusted to fit your mouth and can easily fall out during sporting activities, exposing you to risks of injuries. They do not provide adequate protection.

Custom-made mouth guards

Custom-made mouth guards are made by a dentist to fit the exact contour of your mouth. They guarantee comfort, cover all your teeth snugly and are made of high quality materials. They provide the best protection.

Boil and bite mouth guards

This type isn’t ready-made or custom-made. It can be bought off the shelf but you will need to soak it in boiling water and bite on it when it’s softened. While it seems like a cost-effective option, it can be bulky and lasts for only a short time.

What’s the process of getting a custom-made mouth guard?

 When you visit a dentist at BrightCraft Dental and Laser for your appointment, we will discuss with you about your dental goals.
 With your consent, we will examine your mouth and take a measurement so we can create a mouth guard that fits snugly.
 The impression is sent to our in-house lab where it will be used to make a model of your mouth.
 With this exact replica, we can design a mouth guard that matches your mouth and provides adequate protection to your teeth and jaw.
 When your personalized mouth guard is ready, you wear it and give us feedback about the device.
 If you’re satisfied with it, you walk out the door with confidence knowing that you can now play without any fears of injuries or teeth loss.

What are the advantages of mouth guards?

The benefits of getting mouth guards at BrightCraft Dental and Laser include:

 Reduces risks of concussion from lower jaw impacts
 Provides a comfortable fit that allows for speaking and natural breathing
 Prevent tooth fractures or dislocations by cushioning the teeth
 Opposite teeth are protected from contact with each other
 Serves as a preventative measure against neck injuries

Book your appointment today

Dental injuries are very likely to happen if you engage in contact sports but you can prevent them by getting mouth guards. Contact us today to get a sport guard for yourself or your child.

What to do next?

For choosing a sport guard/ teeth protector for your child, please contact BrightCraft Dental.  BOOK ONLINE or call (818) 237-1010․

Preventive dentistry includes the following services: