My mission is to provide local athletes with quality custom mouthguards that are convenient and affordable. You can choose a Proform mouthguard from a large selection of colors for only $35 - $40. I can service individuals by appointment or large groups or teams.
Mouthguards are a very important piece of protective equipment. Most people recognize that they are useful in preventing teeth from being broken or knocked out but what you may not realize is that they play a role in minimizing other facial injuries and concussions. When you wear a sports guard you prevent oral cuts and lacerations from biting your tongue, cheek, and lips. A mouthguard when the athlete opens his/her mouth to talk also prevents jaw fractures and dislocations as it provides a cushion between the upper and lower jaw in impact. If you take a hit to the jaw there is a possibility that the athlete could be knocked out and suffer a concussion. Wearing a mouthguard can significantly reduce the chance of this type of concussion.
Types of Mouthguards
Stock - These are pre-formed into various sizes. They do not fit well, can be uncomfortable and are difficult to adjust. It is difficult to talk or breathe with these mouthguards.
Boil & Bite - A pre-formed shape of thermoplastic material that you heat in boiling water and then bite down into to further adapt it to the individual's teeth and gums. Although these do fit better than the stock type they are bulky and it is difficult to breathe and communicate with them.
Custom - Made by a dental professional, these mouthguards offer the best fit and protection as they are fabricated from an impression of the athlete's mouth. They can be single, dual, or multi-layered laminate that is either vacuum or pressure formed and offer the best shock absorption.
Why choose a custom mouthguard? It stands to reason that for a mouthguard to protect against the fore-mentioned injuries it would have to be in position at all times, fully covering the teeth and gums. A mouthguard that will not stay suctioned up over the teeth when the athlete opens his/her mouth to talk or breathe is not going to stay in place during impact, therefore it will not protect the athlete. Furthermore, if a mouthguard is not comfortable the athlete will not keep it in position, taking it out or flipping it sideways to talk or breathe, which again means that they are not protected. I often ask hockey players if they would go out and block shots with their "cup" tucked down the back of their pants and I usually get an emphatic "NO" ! The same rules apply to the mouthguard...........it is an important piece of protective equipment that needs to be in good shape and worn properly in the mouth at all times to do it's job. If an injury does occur to the athlete's mouth seek medical treatment - go to the emergency apartment and see your oral care professional as soon as possible. If a tooth is knocked out store it in cold milk until you can see a dentist as they may be able to save it.
Proper Use & Care of your Mouthguard