I wear a custom mouthguard when I play ice and roller hockey. It feels good, because when I'm talking to the other teamates, the words I say have to be clear, so it is very comfortable when I speak to my teamates. I wear it because if I get hit into the boards and if I go head first, God forbid, my helmet cage could fall off and if I didn't have my mouth guard in, my teeth could get chipped or they could fall out. I wear it every day I go out on the ice. Well I have got heart but not near the face area, but I have seen somebody loose their teeth one time.
From Michael Bambi, Age 11
Center and Assistant Captain for the
Raiders Peewee A (The Rink at
Old York Road)
Just what is a custom mouthguard?
A custom mouthguard is a revolutionary piece of protective gear that protects the teeth, jaw, and brain from impact and injury during sports activities. These mouthguards cushion blows that could cause injury. They can reduce the rate of concussion as well as dental and mandibular injuries.
A stock or drugstore/sportstore non-custom mouthguard without any individual fitting provides only a very low level of protection. If the wearer is rendered unconscious, there is a risk that the mouthguard may lodge in the throat potentially causing airway obstruction.
Custom mouthguards are designed to specifically address individual patient needs. Patient age, type of sports activity, level of competition, previous dental injury, orthodontics, erupting teeth, currently missing teeth are all important considerations that effect the design of the mouthguard.
Mouthguards should be worn at all times during sports activities, including games as well as practice.
AN ATHLETE IS 60 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO SUSTAIN DAMAGE
TO TEETH WHEN NOT WEARING A MOUTHGUARD.
Does it require a dentist to custom fit?
Yes, mouthguard design and fit is extremely important. A custom designed mouthguard ensures the correct fit and positoning for maximum safety and protection.
Is there a children's size?
Yes, custom mouthguards can be designed for people of all ages. There are children from 6 to 60 wearing the custom mouthguards.
Will I be able to breathe?
Yes, absolutely! In fact the front airway will allow free airflow and lets the wearer talk better than with most mouthguards.
During the game I need to be able to communicate with my teammates. How well can I talk?
The perfect custom fit allows you to speak easily.
I have a bad gag reflex. Will I be able to wear a custom mouthguard?
The custom fit reduces likelyhood of gagging problems.
How long will my custom mouthgaurd last?
Like any other sports gear, a mouthguard will wear out, making it less effective. If your mouthguard has holes or tears or becomes loose, it can irritate the teeth and oral tissues. Occasionally check your mouthguard's condition and replace as necessary. Schedule regular dental check-ups and bring your mouthguard to each dental visit.
Does it require special cleaning?
Nothing special, but the mouthguard should be cleaned before and after each use with toothpaste or mouthwash. When not in use, it should be stored in its protective case.
To minimize distortion, aviod high temperatures, such as hot water, hot surfaces or direct sunlight.
Does the mouthguard come in different colors?
We frequently make custom mouthguards in red, blue and clear.
THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION ESTIMATES THAT MOUTHGUARDS PREVENT APPROXIMATELY 200,000 INJURIES EACH YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL ALONE.
At Pi Dental Center, our prosthodontists are trained to provide the highest quality custom mouthguards.
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