If you participate in contact or extreme sports, it’s very important that you wear appropriate protective dental gear when participating. These dental appliances can be smile-savers; after all, it is always preferable to avoid damage altogether, rather than treating it is as it pops up. Today our O’Fallon dentists are talking about some of the important components of personalized mouthguards…
The number one objective of your personalized mouthguard is to protect your smile from impact and tooth-on-tooth damage. A well-fitting appliance fits snugly over the patient’s natural enamel, and stays in place.
You also want to make sure that your mouthguard does not shift your bite uncomfortably, or put unnecessary strain on your temporomandibular joints. Partnering with a dental professional to craft your mouthguard helps to ensure healthy alignment.
Personalized mouthguards are lightweight and comfortable once in place. If your oral appliance is something you’ll be wearing on a regular basis, it is worth it to make sure that is unobtrusive.
The thermoplastic materials we use to create mouthguards is designed to stand up to regular use as well as frequent cleanings. Talk to your dental team about steps you can take to maintain your mouthguard for the long-term.
If you have been putting your smile at risk, our O’Fallon dentists strongly suggest that you contact our team to get the mouthguard you need. Proactive preventive treatment can save you time, money, and hassles down the road!