Protecting your mouth while you are active is more important than you think. When it comes to sports, a mouthguard can be the difference between continuing your game after a facial injury and needing immediate dental care. At Chicago Dental Esthetics, our professionals can provide the protection you need to keep you participating in the game.
Why Wear a Mouthguard?
Over 5 million teeth are knocked out every year during sports such as hockey, soccer, rugby, and basketball. It is unfortunate that this happens so frequently. Preventing dental injuries not only protects your mouth, but it can also save you the expenses that mouth reconstruction services bring. It is common for people to not want to wear a mouthguard, but why is this? More often than not, people will wear mouthguards that can be purchased at the store or online, and this is ultimately why so many people are not thrilled about wearing them - they aren’t made specifically for your mouth. The fit will not be quite right even if you have selected the proper size for yourself.
A Custom Mouthguard Provides Comfort and Protection
Wearing a mouthguard does not have to be uncomfortable or a distraction. With a custom mouthguard that is designed around your mouth, you will not experience the shifting and looseness associated with store-bought sports mouthguards. We will closely work with you in both the creation and fitting process to ensure you have the perfect fit that will allow you to forget it is even there as you play. The mouthguard is made by making a mold using an impression of your mouth. This is ultimately how the fit is perfect for you and you only. After the mouthguard is completed, we will make sure it fits comfortably with additional adjustments as needed. The final result should be a mouthguard that fits snugly in your mouth, but not too tightly. It shouldn’t shift around or fall out on its own. The expected lifespan of your sports mouthguard is up to 5 years if cared for and kept clean, but it is recommended to have it replaced yearly with heavy usage.
How Much Does This Cost?
Perhaps one of the reasons why many people opt for an over-the-counter mouthguard is that they cost less. However, they will not provide the optimal experience for fit and protection. The cost of a custom mouthguard can vary, but it is expected that the custom cost for the average mouthguard can be anywhere from $350-$600. When seeing these numbers it can seem high at first, especially if you get a new mouthguard every year. However, consider the cost of having to restore and/or replace teeth. Procedures involving sports-related dental injuries are generally much higher ignoring insurance coverage. Our professionals at Chicago Dental Esthetics highly encourage those who play extreme sports or high-contact sports to protect their mouth.
If you are interested in receiving a comfortable, durable mouthguard, you can contact our team by calling our office at (224) 341-5162 to schedule an appointment or ask our team any questions.