Are Custom Mouth Guards Worth It?
Custom mouth guards are a fantastic route to go to give your mouth a healthier, safer comfort. Here are some tips on why it’s a worthy investment, the benefits, and keeping your smile healthy.
What are Mouthguards Made for?
Mouthguards aren’t just something to keep you from biting down hard on your teeth. They maintain structure, keep your teeth placed correctly, and have a wealth of benefits for maintaining oral health. However, they can also be uncomfortable and hard to get used to, while housing debris and causing issues for your oral health as well. Custom mouthguards, however, avoid most of these pain points.
Benefits of Custom Mouthguards
Less Surface Area
As stated before, mouthguards are a prime space for bacteria to build up. This actually has the potential to increase your risk of gum disease, cavities, and other issues if not cared for properly. This includes washing the guard, keeping it stored properly, and brushing your teeth before and after use.
The lower surface area of a custom mouthguard allows for less debris and germs to latch onto your mouthguard. While this subtly improves the cosmetic value, you also feel more comfortable with this decreased bulkiness.
Mindful of Braces and Invisalign
If you have braces or wear Invisalign every day, regular mouthguards can potentially damage them. Their added bulkiness is harder for the braces to rest comfortably around. If your mouthguard is bulky and hurts against your braces, it can also cause damage to them. You don’t want to have to pay for repairs to both.
Custom mouthguards are built around the layout of your mouth, and are prepared for your braces to be worked around. You don’t have to worry about that discomfort boiling over into damage to the braces and costing you unnecessary repairs.
Would you wear a helmet that didn’t fit when riding a motorcycle? This same idea can be applied to your teeth. Regular mouthguards shift and slide around in your mouth unless you have your teeth clenched. Fortunately, with custom guards, they inherently maintain structure more easily. Then, you aren’t as much of a risk to lose that protection or having your teeth get jostled around in contact sports or other activities.
Overall, custom mouthguards are a worthy investment. They make all the difference over generic mouthguards and can save you a tooth or two in contact sports.
Please visit Advanced Orthodontic Center to get your mouthguard today.