What Are Athletic Mouth Guards?
There are few things scarier than witnessing your child or loved one participating in a sports activity and getting hit directly in the mouth or face. The first thought that comes to mind is that teeth could be missing or broken beyond repair. Investing in a mouth guard or an oral appliance therapy for sports is a wise investment for anyone who puts their teeth at risk for injury for extra-curricular activities. At Made Ya Smile Dental in Kingwood, TX, we want you and your children to enjoy physical activities that are fun and challenging. However, we also want you to protect your smile at the same time. If you or your child plays baseball, football, hockey, etc., then the contact in these sports increases the chance of an accidental injury to the face, jaw, or teeth. Other physical activities, like competitive powerlifting, can add undue stress to the teeth and jaw if clenching or grinding occurs during the activities. In a game or practice, you should be protecting your teeth with a custom mouth guard that is made precisely for your teeth. We would be happy to have a conversation about our mouth guards at our Kingwood, TX family dental practice today.
Who Is a Candidate for Athletic Mouth Guards?
You may have tried using the boil-and-bite mouth guards available at retail or sporting goods stores. However, you may find that the quality is not great, it is uncomfortable to wear, or that you are buying a new one often because it does not fit properly. If you would like to have a mouth guard that is made for you, then you would be a great candidate for this service. Also, if you or your child has fixed orthodontic treatments, fillings, veneers, crowns, or multiple restorations, a mouth guard can protect the investment you have made in the health and aesthetics of the teeth. If you want to protect your teeth from injury, consider getting a mouth guard made to shield unwanted damage.
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How Are Sports Mouth Guards Made?
By visiting our dental office in Kingwood, TX, we can consult with you about the type of mouth guard you would like to have made. Then, we can take impressions of your whole mouth (upper and lower arches) to create molds to be sent to a laboratory to be made. We take pride in knowing all of our oral appliance therapies are made out of the highest quality materials on the market today. To make your personalized mouth guard, we can also make it in the color of your choice. Once your new mouth guard arrives back to our office from the lab, we will call you in for a fitting appointment. If the fit is appropriate, we will send you home with instructions on how to store, clean, and maintain your custom athletic guard for long-lasting wear.
How Can I Care for My Mouth Guard Appliance?
There really is no formal follow-up for mouth guards, however, we do ask that you bring it with you to your regular dental cleanings and annual exam so that we can check it for wear. Sometimes a mouth guard can endure a lot of wear and will need to be replaced. Other times, when children grow, their mouth guards may no longer fit as securely as before. Outgrowing a mouth guard will require your dentist to remake the impressions needed for a new mold so that a larger replacement mouth guard can be fashioned.
Are Mouth Guards Covered by Insurance?
The fees for your mouth guard at Made Ya Smile Dental will be discussed during the planning stages of your treatment. This means that the cost to make the mouth guard, the materials selected, and other details that go into your custom mouth guard will be included. If your insurance only pays for a percentage of your mouth guard, we have other options to help you finance this protective appliance. Your out-of-pocket costs can be paid for with a major credit card, a payment plan, or through a loan with CareCredit® financing.
Custom Mouth Guards for Sports
You and your child have smiles worth protecting! We want you to have the peace of mind a mouth guard can give you. Contact sports or activities that cause you to clench your teeth may require you an extra level of protection that a custom-fit mouth guard can provide. Book an appointment with our friendly team at Made Ya Smile Dental in Kingwood, TX today to invest in your gorgeous, healthy smile.