Custom Mouthguards in Maspeth
You wouldn’t run out on a football field without a helmet, but what about a mouthguard? How many times have you surveyed a sports field and seen athletes with mouthguards hanging from their helmets? Nearly half of all sports-related injuries involve facial trauma, and the leading cause of tooth loss among people under 25 is athletic injury. There’s no doubt about it – your smile is at risk every time you engage in a contact sport like football or hockey, but what about baseball, weightlifting, and cycling? According to a comprehensive list composed through collaboration between the American Dental Association and the Academy of Sports Dentistry, people should protect their smiles during a number of minimal contact sports, including:
- Field Hockey
- Shot Put
- Water Polo
- Ice Hockey
- Inline Skating
- Equestrian Events
- Field Events
- Martial Arts
Types of Mouthguards
There are three main types of mouthguards: ready-made, mouth-formed, and custom-made. At Maspeth Dental, we recommend our patients choose a custom sportsguard from our skilled team, but we’re happy to take the time to discuss your all the options with you.
- Ready-made – Available in most sporting good stores, these guards are typically available in two or three sizes and made to fit a typical mouth shape. While these guards are flexible and lightweight, they aren’t always the most comfortable, and in our experience, there is minimal compliance, especially for younger patients.
- Mouth-formed – The thick, blue mouthguards that hang from the majority of football helmets are made of thermoplastic. Frequently referred to as boil and bite, these protective guards maintain flexibility for improved comfort, but their size and shape often lead to patients discontinuing their use. Another type of mouth-formed guard is made from acrylic, and while these are less bulky, they are known to be foul-tasting and smelling. They often lose their flexibility over time as well.
- Custom-made – Our customized sportsguards offer the most flexible and protective materials that are personalized to fit each unique smile. Without a doubt, these guards are the most comfortable, effective, and durable option.
If you or someone you love participates in sporting events, contact Maspeth Dental. Our skilled team is happy to help patients from Ridgewood and other nearby communities protect their smiles.