It’s a dentist’s worst nightmare. You’re sliding into home plate and the catcher’s elbow collides with your mouth. Your two front teeth are devastated. Accidents like this happen all the time, and in all sports, but with just a little protection, the damage need not be catastrophic. With a small investment in a quality custom-fitted mouthguard, you can avoid costly emergency dental work in the future, and you can enjoy wearing a mouthguard that is comfortable to wear.
Boil-and-bite mouthguards offer very little protection and are not long-lasting. Find out how a custom-made dental mouthguard will protect your teeth. Please call (509) 532-1111 or email Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics today for a mouthguard appointment at our Spokane Valley location.
Mouthguards Help in Many Sports
One of the biggest misconceptions about mouthguards is that you only have to wear them for full-contact sports. However, many sports considered low- or no-contact actually have very high rates of tooth injury. A study of over 1000 high school basketball players found that 31% of players experienced an orofacial injury over the course of a season. A full 53% of those who suffered an injury had more than one over the course of the season. Most players didn’t wear mouthguards, and 99.6% of all injuries occurred to players without mouthguards.
Orofacial injuries are also common in sports like baseball, cycling, and equestrian sports. As a result, the American Dental Association recommends that children should wear a mouthguard for all the following sports:
Note that athletes don’t have to be competitive to suffer injuries. If you regularly participate in sports, you should wear a mouthguard, even if you’re not at a competitive level.
Beyond Protection – Athletic Excellence
Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins offer custom-fit mouthwear with Armourbite™ technology. This type of mouthwear, which can be made as a dental appliance or as a protective mouthguard, uses neuromuscular dentistry principles to reduce the burden of an imbalanced bite that can prevent you from performing to your maximum potential.
By reducing wasted energy used by imbalanced jaw muscles, eliminating spine deformation caused by a misaligned bite, and opening your airway, this type of mouthguard can help you achieve:
- Increased strength
- Extended endurance
- Faster reaction time
- Better workouts with less athletic stress
- Improved balance
- More repeatable performance
- Lower risk of dental injury (mouthguard only)
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Whether you play football, hockey, or even golf, you’ll enjoy the improved performance you receive from a balanced bite.
How Mouthguards Are Made
Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins will take an impression of your bite to get the custom fit that is required for the safest fit and best performance. They will then send the impression to a dental lab that will create the mouthguard with a soft, durable plastic.
Get Your Own Custom-Fit Mouthguard
If you live in the Spokane Valley area and are interested in protecting your smile and improving your game with a custom-fit mouthguard, email us today or call our office at (509) 532-1111 in Spokane. You can also make an appointment online.