Sport Mouth Guards

According to the American Dental Association, mouth guards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and college football alone. What most people don't realize, is that mouth guards are indicated not only just for football, but many other sports as well. At Rivertown Dental Associates, we have seen many broken front teeth due to baseballs or softballs. Many people are also injured while playing indoor sports where trip-and-fall accidents result in an elbow to the face or even a mouth that breaks the fall onto a gym floor.

Thankfully, we have many patients who decide to have custom athletic mouth guards constructed to prevent damage to their smiles or the smiles of their kids. Dr. Hahn, Dr. Crete, and the Rivertown Dental staff fabricate custom mouth guards for you which far surpass the ability of preformed mouth guards to protect your teeth.

ProForm Mouth Guards

Dr. Crete uses only the best professional grade ProForm mouthguards. ProForm guards are prescribed for both professional and amateur athletes because they offer the highest level of protection, retention, comfort and fit, without interfering with speech or breathing during play. ProForm has the advantage over boil-and-bite types of mouthguards because of their superior fit and retention. In addition, ProForm mouthguards are thin, comfortable, custom fitted and will retain their shape long after other mouthguards have worn out.

ProForm sports mouthguards reduce the incidence of tooth breakage by distributing the stress of impact to the entire length of the tooth. This feature is provided by a double layer of laminated sheet vinyl with a lingual plate imbedded behind the incisors. Tensile strength, softness, compression percentage and uniform density are all important characteristics of mouthguard materials. ProForm maintains these characteristics using a heat/pressure laminating process. Tensile strength of the laminate is excellent due to the laminate’s two layers of materials making up the mouthguard. Density is maintained at the pressure laminating process so shrinkage of the mouthguard is uniformly controlled.

ProForm Advantages

  • Increased oxygen intake for maximum performance and endurance
  • Improved speech for clear communication on the field
  • Natural comfort with a secure fit
  • Provides maximum impact dispersion and protection against tooth damage
  • Custom fit for any size mouth Numerous color options to meet your needs

Custom Made Athletic Mouth Guards

Several questions must be answered before Rivertown Dental Associates make your custom mouth guard. These questions will be addressed during your exam.

  • Is the athlete undergoing orthodontic treatment (braces)?
  • Does the patient have cavities or missing teeth?
  • Is the mouth guard designed for the particular sport being played?
  • Is the age of the athlete and the possibility of providing space for erupting teeth in mixed dentition (age 6-12) going to affect the mouth guard?
  • Will the design of the mouth guard be appropriate for the level of competition being played?
  • Does the patient have any history of previous dental injury or concussion, thus needing additional protection in any specific area?

These are important questions that sporting goods store retailers and the boil & bite mouth guards unfortunately do not address. Come in to Rivertown Dental Associates today or contact us to schedule an appointment for an athletic mouthguard. Also, be sure to ask Dr. Crete about custom colors for your team!