A mouthguard is a protective device worn over the teeth, usually by athletes, to prevent injury to the teeth and soft tissues of the mouth. Mouthguards are typically made from rubber or silicone and comfortably cover the upper or lower teeth. They are often used in contact sports such as football, hockey, boxing, wrestling, lacrosse, basketball, and soccer. However, they can also help prevent injury during non-contact sports like gymnastics, skateboarding, mountain biking, and volleyball.
At Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics, we offer custom mouthguards for improved efficiency and comfort. These mouthguards are manufactured in a dental lab based on impressions of your teeth. Custom mouthguards fit more securely and comfortably and provide better protection than stock mouthguards.
Types of Mouthguards
These can be purchased at most sporting goods stores. They are inexpensive but provide less protection or comfort since they are not customized.
Boil-and-bite mouthguards can also be purchased over the counter at sporting goods stores or pharmacies. Their shape can be altered for a better fit by boiling the mouthguard in water and then placing it in your mouth to mold it around your teeth and gums. These mouthguards provide a better fit than stock mouthguards but are not as efficient and comfortable as custom-made mouthguards.
A custom-fitted mouthguard is the most effective type of mouthguard available. It is made by our orthodontists in Pensacola, FL, by taking an impression of your teeth and mouth and then creating a mold that fits perfectly over your teeth. This type of mouthguard provides the most comfort and protection because it fits your mouth perfectly.
The Benefits of Mouthguards
Prevention of Dental Injuries
Mouthguards in Pensacola, FL, act like a protective barrier between your teeth and the external forces that can cause injury during sports or recreational activities. They absorb and distribute the impact forces effectively, minimizing the risk of chipped, cracked, or knocked-out teeth. Whether you're playing basketball or soccer or enjoying activities like skateboarding, a mouthguard offers crucial protection against unexpected accidents.
Prevention of Soft Tissue Injuries
Mouthguards protect your teeth and jaw and safeguard your mouth's soft tissues, including your lips, cheeks, and tongue. In the event of an impact, the cushioning effect of a mouthguard helps prevent cuts, bruises, and other oral injuries that can affect these delicate tissues.
A custom mouthguard is an investment in your immediate safety and your long-term oral health. Visit Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics at 4857 N 9th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32503, or call (850) 477-2180 to learn more about custom mouthguards and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your smile is protected.