It’s a dental nightmare: you’re going up for a rebound and the shooter is coming down with an elbow into your face. You might lose two teeth, with several others being knocked loose or damaged. These accidents are actually quite common, and they occur in all sports, even those that are non-contact. To prevent serious damage to your teeth, it’s important for all people to wear mouthguards when they compete.

If you rely on over-the-counter mouthguards, you may be disappointed at the level of protection you get. Not only that, but you have to replace them more often, which means you’re not saving as much money as you think. To learn about the benefits of custom mouthguards, please call (509) 927-2273 today for an appointment with a Spokane Valley dentist at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics.

Athletic female takes a break while running in the parkWear Mouthguards Whenever You Compete

Most people think that you only need a mouthguard if you are competing in a full-contact sport. However, mouthguards can benefit in many different sports, including those considered low or no-contact.

For example, a study of 1000 high school basketball players showed that just under a third of players experienced an orofacial injury over the course of a season. More than half of those injured had more than one injury. And almost all (99.6%) injuries occurred to people not wearing mouthguards. Baseball, cycling, and equestrian sports also have what might seem unexpectedly high.

That’s why the American Dental Association recommends that people wear a mouthguard for all of the following sports:

  •  Acrobatics
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Boxing
  • Equestrian events
  • Extreme sports
  • Field events
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Ice hockey
  • Inline skating
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby
  • Shotputting
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing
  • Sky Diving
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Surfing
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Weight lifting
  • Wrestling

Mouthguards Can Improve Performance

Mouthguards can do more than protect your teeth. They can help you maximize your performance thanks to Armourbite™ technology. Using neuromuscular dentistry, this type of appliance can position your jaw in the optimal position to reduce the burden of an imbalanced bite. Since an imbalanced bite saps your energy and obstructs your airway, it can reduce your performance. And if you’re competing at a high level, every little bit can make a difference.

With a performance mouthguard, you can experience:

  • Greater strength
  • Longer endurance
  • Faster reactions
  • Lower stress
  • Improved balance
  • More predictable performance
  • Lower risk of dental injury

In every sport, you can appreciate improved performance. Even if you’re just striving for a personal best, the difference can be significant.

Professional Mouthguard Process

Boil-and-bite mouthguards claim to be closely fitted, but the process is uncertain and can leave you less protected than you think.

We take professional quality impressions at our office, then send those impressions to a lab, where they will expertly duplicate the exact fit of the impressions. That way, you can enjoy better protection and performance.

Get Your Mouthguard in Spokane Valley

If you are looking for a mouthguard that will protect your teeth and/or improve your performance, then we can help. Please call (509) 927-2273 today for an appointment with a dentist at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane Valley.