What Are Athletic Mouth Guards?
Sports are a big part of life for many patients in the Harker Heights, TX community. To help protect against the risk of injury during these physical activities, our team is pleased to offer custom-made athletic mouth guards. These appliances are worn in the mouth during sports to help minimize damage to the gums, teeth, and jaw joints should impact to the face or mouth occur. Unlike generic mouth guards bought at a sporting goods shop, these custom devices from ACE Dental of Harker Heights are created and adjusted for each individual patient, which enhances their comfort and effectivity. If you or your child plays any type of sports, we encourage you to talk with one of our general dentists about having a custom athletic mouth guard made.
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Who Should Wear a Sports Mouth Guard?
Professionally made mouth guards are generally recommended for children, teens, and adults who participate in any type of athletic activity. Patients who take part in football, martial arts, softball, soccer, hockey, wrestling, and other high-impact sports can benefit from a custom-made device. Even those who enjoy low-impact sports, like track-and-field, weight lifting, or yoga, are often good candidates for mouth guard appliances. A mouth guard can be especially helpful for people who have dental restorations or braces, which could injure the soft tissues of the mouth during physical impact.
How Are Athletic Mouth Guards Made?
To create your custom sports mouth guard, our dental team will take digital impressions of your top and bottom teeth. Your impressions will be sent off to a special dental lab where professionals will make your mouth guard from durable, high-quality materials. When your athletic appliance is ready and arrives at our practice, we will have you return for a fitting. One of our skilled dentists will ensure your mouth guard fits over your upper or lower teeth properly and will adjust it as necessary so it feels comfortable.
How Do I Care for My Mouth Guard?
As soon as you receive your custom mouth guard, it is crucial to wear it anytime you are playing sports or when your mouth needs protection. The ACE Dental of Harker Heights team will provide instructions on how to care for your appliance according to the materials used to fabricate your device. Caring for your mouth guard in the best possible way will be crucial in maintaining its lifespan. We recommend that you keep it in a secure place when it is not in your mouth, and clean it before and after every use. Please bring your appliance with you to your routine dental visits so one of our dentists can evaluate its condition and make sure it is still meeting your needs.
Will Insurance Cover a Sports Mouth Guard?
In your initial consultation, our dental team will talk with you about your options and help you make the best choice for your needs. Dental insurance may cover a portion of the expense so we will call your company to review your benefits and provide an estimate of any personal expenses. ACE Dental of Harker Heights strives to make dental care as affordable as possible for our patients and accepts several payment options, including low-interest medical financing.
Guard Your Smile From Sports-Related Injuries
An athletic mouth guard can help protect your oral well-being during sports and allow you to focus on delivering a winning performance. At ACE Dental of Harker Heights, our dentists are pleased to offer custom mouth guards to help protect your teeth, gums, and jaw joints from injuries and discomfort during sports activities. For more on how these dental appliances can safeguard your family's smiles, schedule a consultation at our Harker Heights, TX facility today!