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You Might Be Surprised by a Custom Mouthguard

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a mouthguard? For a lot of people, you might be imagining a bulky, uncomfortable piece of plastic sitting in your mouth. If so, odds are you’ve tried a pre-made drugstore mouthguard, or even a boil-and-bite heat molded one. If you have never tried a custom mouthguard, you will be surprised at the difference.

Why do I need a mouthguard?

The basic answer to this question is: to protect your teeth. It can be easy to do damage to our teeth without paying attention. Sometimes, the damage might be so small that we don’t notice it until it becomes a big problem. A mouthguard can prevent this damage from happening to keep you smile as healthy and beautiful as possible.

Types of Mouth Guards

To make any mouthguard, Dr. Joseph Cavallo will take a dental mold, then create a custom mouthguard to fit your mouth, for the best comfort and protection available. There are two main categories of mouth guards: sports mouth guards, and nighttime mouth guards.

Sports Mouth Guards

The National Federation of State High School Associations requires mouth guards for four sports: football, lacrosse, field hockey, and ice hockey. Parents buying their children’s sports equipment and looking to save money may think an over-the-counter mouthguard is good enough. Unfortunately, they aren’t as good at shock absorption to protect the teeth. They are also bulky in the mouth, and can interfere with breathing.

Nighttime Mouth Guards

Nighttime mouth guards are worn while you sleep. They are generally used to protect the teeth from wear from grinding or clenching the jaw in your sleep. These are smaller than a sports mouthguard, and should fit closely over the teeth. A subset of this category, TMJ mouth guards, also known as bite plates, are designed to realign the jaw in sleep.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in a mouthguard for sports or sleep, or if you are tired of your uncomfortable store-bought option, consider the office of Joseph P. Cavallo, DDS. To schedule an appointment to discuss your mouthguard needs, contact us online or at (703) 493-1203 and protect your teeth today.

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Maximum Protection With A Custom Mouthguard

Before going out on the field this fall, Dr. Cavallo wants to remind you that your teeth are also at risk of injury during contact sports, and they do not grow back! Even when helmets are part of the required equipment, a collision or accident can still result in a damaged or knocked out tooth.

Woodbridge family dentist, Dr. Cavallo offers his patients custom sports mouthguards that provide the best protection and comfort. In our Northern Virginia dentist office, we routinely create custom mouth guards for athletes of all ages that are superior to one the counter mouth guard options.

Why Choose Custom Sport Mouth Guards

A custom fit mouth guard offers important benefits for both children and adults that can even improve on field performance:

  • Secure, comfortable fit: a custom mouth guard is made specially for you and will fit snugly and comfortably on your teeth
  • No need to bite down to keep the mouth guard in place: this reduces the energy used while playing sports, reduces tension that could cause headaches, and could potentially improve performance on the field
  • Made to protect any dental appliances: custom fit mouth guards can properly fit over braces and other appliances to protect your investment
  • Ability to breathe and speak normally: when fitted properly, a custom mouth guard will stay securely in place
  • Personalization: mouth guards are available in a variety of colors and can be personalized with the player’s name or team logo

Over the counter mouth guards are often uncomfortable and inadequate because they fit poorly and offer limited shock absorption. When improperly fitted, mouth guards can interfere with breathing and speech. Bulky, uncomfortable mouth guards are less likely to be worn, resulting in no protection for the teeth.

A custom fit mouth guard may encourage athletes to be more consistent with wearing this type of protection because it is comfortable. It is also less likely to be popped out of the mouth during contact play or an on field collision.

Creating a custom mouth guard is a simple process with two easy visits. During your first visit, Dr. Cavallo will make an impression of your teeth that will be uses to create the model of the mouth guard. On the second visit, Dr. Cavallo will fit the mouth guard and adjust as necessary to achieve a comfortable fit.

Contact our Woodbridge dentist office to schedule your appointment and order a custom sports mouth guard for you or your child- before fall sports begin!

A Custom Sports Mouth Guard Can Protect Your Child's Teeth

A Custom Sports Mouth Guard Can Protect Your Child’s Teeth

Every spring, thousands of children fill the local fields and parks for team sports. Unfortunately, some will finish the season with a damaged or missing tooth due to lack of sufficient protection for their teeth during contact play.

Woodbridge dentist Dr. Cavallo has recently helped a Northern Virginia lacrosse team have some fun with team colored, custom fit sports mouth guards. Not only are these custom fit mouth guards more comfortable, they are more fun to wear when they feel like a part of the team uniform!

ThinkstockPhotos-78617746A custom sports mouth guard is made using impressions from your child’s teeth and will fit snugly and comfortably in their mouth, making it easier to speak, hydrate and wear during play. Over the counter options are not only bulky and less comfortable, they are not as protective as a custom fit option. In addition, the wearer typically has to bite down on the mouth guard to keep it in place which has been found to affect performance on the field in more competitive athletes.

Getting fit for a custom sports mouth guard is quick and painless. Dr. Cavallo will take an impression of your teeth that will be used to mold the mouth guard, and will ensure a proper fit with any necessary adjustments. Young athletes will be more likely to keep this type of mouth guard in their mouth because of the comfortable fit, reducing the risk of injury to teeth or dental appliances such as braces.

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