The Importance of Athletic Mouth Guards
At Byers Station Dental, we know that staying active and participating in sports is very important to many members of the Chester Springs, PA community. However, oral injures may occur when patients are accidentally hit in the mouth or face during athletic activities. Our general dentists are pleased to offer custom-made sports mouth guards to help protect our patients' smiles from damage. Compared to generic mouth guards bought at a store, custom dental appliances are designed and molded for each individual, making them more effective and comfortable. If you or your child participates in any type of high- or low-impact sports, we encourage you to meet with our dentists to learn more about how a custom athletic mouth guard can shield the gums, teeth, and jaw against damage.
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Who Should Wear a Sports Mouth Guard?
Custom sports mouth guards are recommended for any child, teen, or adult who engages in athletic activities. High-impact sports, such as football, martial arts, softball, hockey, and wrestling, carry a high risk of oral injury. But many patients are surprised to learn that oral injuries can occur during running, weight lifting, and other low-impact sports as well. Sports mouth guards from Byers Station Dental help to protect against broken or knocked-out teeth, damaged fillings or other restorations, strain on the jaw, and soft tissue injuries. A professionally made mouth guard can also be particularly beneficial for those who wear braces, as the brackets and wires can easily harm the oral tissues upon impact to the mouth.
How Are Custom Mouth Guards Made?
Since a custom mouth guard is created specifically for each individual patient, it generally fits better and lasts longer then boil and bite mouth guards bought at sporting goods stores. To create your custom sports mouth guard, our team will take dental impressions of your upper and lower teeth. Your impressions will be sent to a dental lab where professionals will make your mouth guard from high-quality, durable materials. Once your appliance is completed and shipped back to our Chester Springs, PA office, we will have you return to receive it. Our dentists will make sure your guard fits correctly and feels comfortable to wear.
Caring for Athletic Mouth Guards
As soon as you receive your guard, it is important to wear it whenever you play sports or engage in physical activities. Taking care of your mouth guard will be crucial in preserving its lifespan. We suggest storing it in a safe location and cleaning it before and after every use. Our team will explain the best way to clean your mouth guard based on the type of material from which it is made. All patients are encouraged to bring their appliances to routine dental visits so our dentists can inspect their condition. Children may need to have a new appliance made as their teeth and jaws develop.
Insurance Coverage for Dental Appliances
Our team will talk with you about your athletic mouth guard options and treatment costs during your consultation. If you carry dental insurance, we will check with your provider to learn if any portion of your dental appliance may be covered under your benefits. Byers Station Dental is an in-network provider for several major insurance plans and accepts a wide range of easy payment options for your convenience.
Save Your Family's Smiles From Sports Injuries
Guard your family's oral health and elevate their athletic performance with a custom athletic mouth guard from Byers Station Dental. Our dentists take pride in providing quality, custom mouth guards to protect your family's smile from injuries and damage during all types of sports. Schedule an appointment at Byers Station Dental in Chester Springs, PA to find out more about the advantages of sports mouth guards for you and your loved ones!