What Are Athletic Mouth Guards?
Sports are a major part of life for a large number of patients in the Hewitt, TX community. If you or your own family members are involved in soccer, football, wrestling, or other types of physical activities, our caring general dentists may recommend a custom athletic mouth guard. These dental appliances are worn over the upper or lower arch during athletic activities to help protect the teeth, gums, and other oral tissues from damage or stress. Compared to generic appliances bought at a store, athletic mouth guards from ACE Dental of Hewitt are custom-made of durable material and can offer a more secure fit for patients of all ages. For more on protecting your family's smiles from injury during sports, schedule a visit with our team to explore the benefits of custom-made mouth guards.
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Who should get a Sports Mouth Guard?
Sports mouth guards are helpful for any adult or child who participates in a sport that involves high contact or has an elevated risk of injuries, like basketball, martial arts, volleyball, soccer, hockey, softball, and more. Custom mouth guards have also been proven to help athletes in non-contact activities, including running, yoga, and weight training, by reducing strain on the jaw and teeth. A professionally made mouth guard can be especially useful for those with braces or dental restorations, which can injure soft tissues or become damaged upon impact. Since custom-made mouth guards are created specifically for individual patients, they typically fit more securely than boil and bite options available at sporting goods shops.
How are sports mouth guards made?
For the first step in making your athletic mouth guard, our team will take a series of physical or digital dental impressions. We will then forward these impressions to a dental laboratory where professionals will make your custom sports appliance from high-quality material. When your mouth guard is finished and delivered to our practice, you will return to have it fitted. One of our skilled dentists will ensure that your guard fits properly and comfortably to protect your mouth in the best possible way. A member of our team will go over the best way to care for your mouth guard based on the material from which it is made.
how do you care for a mouth guard?
Once you receive your athletic mouth guard, it is important to wear it while playing sports or engaging in any physical activity. Taking care of your dental appliance will be crucial in maintaining its lifespan. It is very important to keep your guard in a safe place and clean it well before and after every use. We suggest bringing your appliance with you to your routine dental visits at ACE Dental of Hewitt so our team can inspect its condition and ensure it still offers adequate protection. Kids may need to have a new athletic mouth guard made as their jaws grow and adult teeth emerge. However, these custom appliances can last for many years when cared for in the best possible way.
What do mouth guards cost?
Some dental insurance plans may offer partial coverage toward custom athletic mouth guards. Before getting started, we can contact your provider to learn about your coverage and calculate any potential costs. To make your family's care more affordable, ACE Dental of Hewitt accepts several convenient payment options. We will be happy to help you find a budget-friendly solution or assist you in applying for low-interest dental financing.
Protect your teeth and preserve your smile
Safeguard you and your family's dental well-being and boost your sports performance with an athletic mouth guard from ACE Dental of Hewitt. Our dental experts provide high-quality custom guards to protect the teeth, gums, and other oral tissues from the risk of injuries during all types of sports. Schedule an appointment at our Hewitt, TX practice to find out more about the advantages of custom mouth guards.