When you think of an athlete wearing a mouth guard during play, you probably have the image of a football, basketball or hockey player in your mind. Dr. Ann Kelley and her team at Kingsgate Dental are here to let you know that even those that don’t participate in high-impact sports can (and probably should) be using custom fit mouth guards.
It’s important for kids who play sports to begin wearing mouthguards at an early age so that a habit-forming routine can be established. This goes for children who aren’t playing high impact sports also, such as gymnasts, skateboarders and bicyclists. A custom fit mouth guard should not be viewed as optional but as an essential piece of their equipment/uniform. There are several reasons for this including:
A custom-fit mouth guard is individually designed and crafted for the patient. The impressions are normally taken at your dental office and then that impression is sent to a professional lab where the mouth guard is crafted. Due to the materials used and the work involved, you may have to wait around a week for the mouth guard to come in. It’s slightly more costly than other options but, due to the personalized protection offered, is worth that increased cost. A custom fit mouth guard provides top quality comfort with the best fit and protection of any other option you will find.
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