The Benefits of Sports Mouth Guards
We understand that protecting the smiles of those you love most is important to you. If you or your child plays a high-impact sport (like boxing, football, soccer, hockey, baseball, or wrestling) or even low-impact activities (including track and field and weight lifting), then our team of general dentists highly suggests a custom mouth guard to shield your teeth, gums, and jaw from injury or damage. Sports mouth guards fit comfortably within the mouth to protect the oral structures from impact to the mouth, face, or jaw. Compared to generic mouth guards bought at the store, customized mouth guards from Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics are crafted and customized for each individual, which makes these appliances even more comfortable and effective. To learn more about the benefits of custom athletic mouth guards, we invite you to contact Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics in Wyomissing and Reading, PA and talk with our friendly staff today.
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Who Should Wear a Mouth Guard?
Custom mouth guards are helpful if you or your family member play a sport with a high risk of injury or frequent contact. Many of our patients take part in martial arts, football, volleyball, hockey, soccer, softball, wrestling, and other contact sports. However, sports mouth guards also have been demonstrated to assist athletes in non-contact sports (running, yoga, weight lifting) by reducing tension on the jawbone and strain on the teeth. A mouth guard can be especially useful for those who have dental restorations in the front of the mouth or wear braces, as the brackets and wires could injure the gums and the soft tissues lining the mouth if impact were to occur. Since a custom mouth guard is made specifically for each individual, it generally provides better protection, offers a more comfortable fit, and lasts longer than stock or boil-and-bite appliances available at sporting goods shops.
What Is the Process?
For the first step in making your sports mouth guard, our team will take physical or digital impressions of your mouth. Your impressions will be sent to a dental lab where your mouth guard will be carefully crafted from durable, high-quality materials. In many cases, you can even have your mouth guard personalized in a color of your choice. Once your custom athletic mouth guard is made and shipped to our practice, we will have you return to our office for a quick visit to receive your appliance. Our dental experts will make sure that your mouth guard fits properly and is comfortable and can make any necessary adjustments.
Caring for Your Sports Appliance
Once you receive your custom athletic mouth guard, it is very important to wear it while playing sports or anytime your mouth requires extra protection. Taking care of your mouth guard will be critical in maintaining its lifespan. We suggest storing it in a safe location, away from heat and moisture, and cleaning it before and after each use. Special instructions on how to best care for your sports mouth guard will be provided, depending on the materials used to fabricate your appliance. Please be sure to bring it with you to each routine dental appointment so we can check its current state and ensure it is still protecting your oral health as intended.
Are Mouth Guards Covered by Insurance?
Mouth guards may or may not be covered by dental insurance. Nonetheless, a member of our team will be happy to review your plan and help you maximize your coverage. Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics takes several payment methods along with interest-free financing options. We understand the importance of protecting your family's smiles and will work with you to help you select the solution that best meets your needs.
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Safeguard your dental health and improve your sports performance with a custom-made mouth guard. Our full-service dental practice provides high-quality athletic appliances to prevent oral injuries and damage during sports. Schedule an appointment at Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics in Wyomissing or Reading, PA to learn more information on the advantages of mouth guards.
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