Custom Sports Mouthguards

Does your child need a custom-fit mouthguard for his or her sport? Call Winning Smiles at 716-332-2444 today!

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What is a mouthguard?

A mouth guard is comprised of soft plastic. Mouthguards come in standard or custom fit to adapt comfortably to the upper teeth.

Why is a custom mouthguard important?

A mouthguard protects the teeth from possible sport injuries. It does not only protect the teeth, but the lips, cheeks, tongue, and jaw bone as well. It can contribute to the protection of a child from head and neck injuries such as concussions. Most injuries occur to the mouth and head area when a child is not wearing a mouthguard.

When should my child wear a mouthguard?

It should be worn during any sport-based activity where there is risk of head, face, or neck injury. Such sports include hockey, soccer, karate, basketball, baseball, skating, skateboarding, as well as many other sports. Most oral injuries occur when children play basketball, baseball, and soccer.

How long do mouthguards last?

Custom mouthguards last for 1 to 2 years. Bear in mind that as your child grows, their mouth will change and the mouthguard will need to be replaced for maximum safety and comfort.

How do I choose a mouthguard for my child?

Choose a mouthguard that your child feels is comfortable. If a mouthguard feels bulky or interferes with speech to any great degree, it is probably not appropriate for your child. Many parents choose an over-the-counter mouthguard because they are unaware of the benefits of custom made mouthguards. It is rare that an over-the-counter mouthguard will fit a child properly, resulting in improper use and wear.

There are many options in mouthguards. Most guards are found in athletic stores. These vary in comfort and protection, as well as cost. The least expensive tend to be the least effective in preventing oral injuries. Customized mouth guards can be provided through our practice at a very reasonable cost. Also, several options are available in customizing such as variety of colors, sizes, thicknesses and break-away straps. They may be a bit more expensive, but they are much more comfortable and shock absorbent.

Winning Smiles Locations

Winning Smiles operates conveniently located pediatric dentistry offices in BuffaloAmherst and Orchard Park. Call (716) 332-2444 to make your appointment with our dental professionals!

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