This year alone, millions of teeth will be lost in sports injuries and countless athletes will experience concussions which could have been prevented by the use of a mouthguard.
Protect your smile…….Protect your brain
A custom-fit, multi-laminated mouthguard is the most effective aid available in the prevention of concussions and mouth injuries today.
Why Wear MouthGuards?
Maximum oral and concussion protection.
Without a mouthguard in place, the jaw joints are in contact with each other. Upon impact (most commonly, an upward blow to the chin), the lower jaw joint is forced upwards and back creating trauma to the base of the skull/brain which in turn may result in a concussion.
With a mouthguard in place, the jaw joints are separated, preventing contact and in turn preventing trauma to the base of the brain.
Oral injury Prevention
Upon impact, a tooth/teeth may fracture, be knocked out or suffer damage to the nerve. All of these result in pain and life-long continued care at the dental office.
The average lifetime cost of a tooth that has been fractured or lost can range from $10,000 – $15,000. This can include large restorations, root canals, crowns, bridges, implants or partial dentures. Not to mention, the added cost of continued dental follow-up and re-treatment as well as the increased risk of periodontal disease.
It is worth the few extra dollars in the short term to prevent the long-term injury.
Types of Mouthguards
Not all mouthguards are created equal.
Most commonly used – 90% of the mouth guards worn are of this type.
Limited sizes, low expense, minimal protection.
Bulky, ill-fitting and provides no retention, therefore, requiring constant biting pressure or becomes dislodged.
Interferes with speech and breathing and can induce gag reflex.
Loses 90% of its effectiveness after forming process.
Vacuum-Formed & Pressure-Formed Mouthguards
Superior to boil’n’bite and stock because of retention, comfort and adaptation of fit.
Possibility of distortion over time (decreases retention and adaptation).
Maximizes shock absorption evenly
Minimal distortion over time
Ease of breathing and speech
Precise adaptation and strong retention.