Do you or your child need a new sports mouthguard? Wearing a sports mouthguard can prevent injuries to the teeth, lips, cheek, and tongue during contact sports.
Contact sports are sports with any contact between players, including football, hockey, and lacrosse.
We always recommend a custom, professionally-made mouthguard to prevent future dental problems and ensure comfort.
In addition to mouthguards, we provide comprehensive general dentistry services to our patients in Cadillac, MI.
How Do Professional Mouthguards Compare?
Stock mouthguards are inexpensive and come pre-formed and ready to wear. However, they can be bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult.
Boil and bite mouthguards may be purchased at sporting goods stores and provide a better fit than stock mouthguards.
These mouthguards need to be softened in boiling water and then fit on the teeth.
Patients who wear boil and bite mouthguards need to follow instructions carefully, or they can be stuck with a poorly-fitted mouthguard.
Professionally-made mouthguards provide a customized fit. Wearing a custom sports mouthguard can prevent possible tooth loss, chips, or cracks in the enamel, and can protect braces.
If mouthguards are loose and don’t fit properly, patients can find themselves clenching their teeth and jaw to keep them in place.
With professional mouthguards, patients do not have to worry about their mouthguards distracting them from their game.
Custom Mouthguards in Cadillac, MI
Instead of messy, traditional dental impressions, Dr. Jenicke uses digital scans to create custom mouthguards. She sends these scans to dental labs, which create the mouthguard out of flexible but durable plastic.
Once Dr. Jenicke receives the mouthguard, she ensures that it fits the patient properly.
It is important for patients to care for their mouthguards at home to prevent damage or bacterial buildup.
After each use, patients can clean their mouthguards with a toothbrush and toothpaste and rinse them with liquid soap and warm water. We do not recommend that patients use hot water because this can warp the plastic.
Protect Your Smile
Do you need a custom mouthguard to wear during sports? Call Brilliant Smiles Family Dentistry 231-389-6388.
You can also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Jenicke on our website.