Custom Mouthguards Calgary
Our Calgary Orthodontist, Dr. Trpkova, believes that prevention is the cornerstone of a healthy, stunning smile, especially when it comes to playing sports. Whether you enjoy martial arts, basketball, or even extreme sports like skydiving, protecting your teeth and gums is of utmost importance.
That’s where custom mouthguards come into play.
Why Should You Wear A Mouthguard?
Serving as a shield for your teeth, mouthguards are an excellent preventative measure against potential oral injuries during physical activities. From unexpected impacts to incidental bites, mouthguards provide a barrier that reduces the risk of chipped or broken teeth, cuts to the lips and gums, and other injuries.
At InLine Orthodontics, we’re dedicated to promoting oral health and safety for athletes with our selection of high-quality, custom-made mouthguards. Start your journey to a safer, more secure smile today.
In fact, the Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends wearing a mouthguard if you participate in the following sports: basketball, boxing, hockey, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, and wrestling.
Types of Mouthguards
A mouthguard should not only protect your teeth and gums effectively but also fit comfortably, resist tearing, be simple to clean, and not interfere with your ability to breathe. This is why at InLine Orthodontics, we provide a comprehensive guide to help you make the best choice for your oral safety.
There are three primary types of mouthguards to consider: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and the custom-made mouthguard.
Pre-made mouthguards, as their name implies, come ready to wear. They can be found in most sporting goods stores and are often an economical choice for athletes. While these mouthguards are readily available and convenient, they may not provide the most optimal fit since they are not tailored to your unique dental structure.
It’s crucial to note that a poorly fitting mouthguard may not offer adequate protection, so be sure to consult with our orthodontist if you choose this option.
“Boil-and-Bite” Fitted Mouthguards
A step up from pre-made mouthguards, “boil-and-bite” mouthguards provide a more personalized fit. Made from thermoplastic material, they are initially heated (commonly by boiling), and then bitten into, which allows the mouthguard to conform to the shape of your mouth. This provides a better fit and, consequently, more effective protection than a pre-made mouthguard.
These can also be purchased at sporting goods stores.
For the highest level of comfort, fit, and protection, custom-made mouthguards are the gold standard. Created in our orthodontic office, these mouthguards are crafted based on detailed impressions of your teeth, ensuring a perfect fit.
While custom-made mouthguards are more expensive than other options, they offer superior protection and comfort, making them a worthwhile investment, particularly for athletes with braces or retainers. Our orthodontist will guide you on proper wear and care to maximize the lifespan and effectiveness of your custom mouthguard.
Taking Care of Your Mouthguard
Similar to a retainer, braces, or any other special dental appliance, it’s important to take care of your mouthguard by storing it properly and keeping it clean. Knowing when it’s time to replace your old mouthguard with a new one is also a valuable skill. If it’s worn down or no longer fits properly, it might be time for a new one!
Here are a few simple ways to keep your mouthguard clean and working correctly:
- Gently scrub your mouthguard after each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Store your mouthguard in a protective case.
- Do not leave your mouthguard in the sun or in hot water as it may melt or become deformed.
- Replace your mouthguard at the beginning of every new sports season.
- Do not wear a retainer with your mouthguard. If you wear braces, your doctor will help design a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth and your braces.
- Do not chew on or cut pieces off of your mouthguard. Mouthguards come in different shapes and sizes, so ask your doctor which is best for you.
- Bring your mouthguard to each orthodontic check-up and so that your doctor can check to make sure it’s still in good shape!
Book Your Free Consultation Today
Choosing the right mouthguard can make a significant difference in safeguarding your teeth and gums and our top recommendation for this is a custom-made mouthguard.
Crafted to the unique contours of your mouth, these mouthguards not only provide superior protection but also ensure optimal comfort, allowing you to focus on your sport rather than your oral appliance. However, we understand that everyone’s needs and budgets may vary, which is why we invite you to schedule a free consultation with our experienced Calgary orthodontist, Dr. Trpkova.
During this appointment, Dr. Trpkova can assess your specific needs, discuss the various mouthguard options, and help you make an informed decision. Remember, a well-fitted mouthguard doesn’t just protect your teeth—it protects your smile, your confidence, and your peace of mind. Don’t leave your oral health to chance. Contact us today to book your free consultation and take the first step toward optimal oral protection. Go team!