Kids are given or often required to have a stock mouthguard or a boil and bite for a pseudo-custom fit. Unfortunately, these are as protective as a wet cardboard helmet, you can say its there, but it is useless! In many ways it is worse, because it gives a false sense of security to coaches, parents and children.
Custom mouthguards are much more effective and more protective. They are more comfortable, kids put them in at their locker and after practice take them out of their locker. When making or taking contact they stay in, period. They are so easy-to-wear that most athletes can drink from sports bottles with them! Coaches and kids both love that they can speak clearly to communicate with their teammates. Physicians love them because they help protect the TMJ by distributing force safely and decreasing the severity of pain, injuries and concussions.
Especially so for braces. Parents know what a great investment your smile is and that braces can impact a person’s oral health and self-esteem profoundly for the rest of their life. They know that braces are a great value at a price often exceeding $5,000. Yet, few parents spend a fraction of that cost protecting their kids from sports-related trauma. For less than the cost of the new trendy shoes your child can be protected from tens of thousands in dental and hospital bills.
Another aspect that professional and Olympic athletes know is that a dentist-made mouthguard is that they increase oxygen intake some 30% That is a massive performance advantage over your competition! Exciting research is showing that the mouth and more importantly the airway is the key to unlocking better performance in sports. A custom made mouth guard can enhance your strength and improve your stamina while also protecting your teeth and jaws from injury.
- Every athlete involved in contact sport has about a 10% chance per season of an orofacial injury, or a 33-56% chance during an athletic career.
- An athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard.
- The cost to replant a tooth and the follow-up dental treatment is about $5000.
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