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Protect Your Smile: Sports Mouthguards Explained at Dental Smiles of Joliet

At Dental Smiles of Joliet, we are committed to helping you maintain optimal oral health and prevent injuries. Sports participation offers numerous benefits, but it also carries a risk of dental injuries. Fortunately, sports mouthguards can significantly reduce this risk and protect your smile.

Why Wear a Mouthguard?

  • Reduces Risk of Dental Injuries: Each year, millions of sports-related dental injuries occur. Mouthguards act as a protective barrier, absorbing impact and cushioning the teeth, lips, cheeks, tongue, jaw, and face.
  • Prevents Serious Damage: Mouthguards can help prevent chipped, cracked, or knocked-out teeth, as well as injuries to the lips, cheeks, tongue, and jaw. Such injuries can be painful, expensive to treat, and potentially lead to long-term complications.
  • Provides Peace of Mind: Knowing you are wearing a mouthguard allows you to focus on the game and perform your best without worrying about facial injuries.

Types of Sports Mouthguards

  • Stock Mouthguards: These pre-formed mouthguards are readily available and affordable. However, they may offer a less comfortable and secure fit.
  • Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards: These mouthguards are softened in hot water, allowing you to mold them somewhat to your teeth for a slightly better fit than stock mouthguards.
  • Custom Mouthguards: These mouthguards, professionally crafted by your dentist, offer the most comfortable, secure, and protective fit. They are created using an impression of your teeth, ensuring a precise fit and optimal protection.

Choosing the Right Mouthguard

At Dental Smiles of Joliet, we recommend custom mouthguards for the best possible protection and comfort. We will help you choose the right mouthguard based on your individual needs and preferences, considering factors such as:

  • Your age and dental development
  • The type of sport you participate in
  • Your comfort level

Benefits of Custom Mouthguards

  • Superior Protection: Custom mouthguards provide a precise fit, offering superior protection compared to generic options.
  • Enhanced Comfort: The custom design ensures a comfortable fit that allows for easy breathing and speaking.
  • Improved Performance: A comfortable mouthguard can help you focus on the game and perform your best.
  • Durability: Custom mouthguards are typically more durable than store-bought options.

Protect Your Smile and Enjoy the Game

Wearing a mouthguard is an essential part of staying safe while participating in sports. Contact Dental Smiles of Joliet today to schedule a consultation and discuss your options for custom-made sports mouthguards. We are dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy smile and enjoy your favorite activities with confidence.

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