Mouthguards can serve several key purposes for the active patient, protecting the teeth and gums while also enhancing athletic performance on the field. Ridgetop Dental offers maximum protection with custom fit mouthguards for sports that can be worn for a wide range of activities from full contact sports such as football to limited contact sports such as soccer and athletic training. They are also the perfect way to prevent tooth loss from an accident when skiing, skating or biking.
Many parents will spend a lot of money on sports equipment, shoes, and clothing but will fall short when it comes to protecting their child’s teeth. We offer sports mouthguards for children as well as adults, encouraging all athletes to have one on hand and consider a vital part of their athletic wear or uniform. They are available in an assortment of colors to represent your school or team and make them fun to wear. Our dentists at Ridgetop Dental believe these are well worth the cost, considering that dental treatment costs could be thousands of dollars for sport-related injuries to the mouth and teeth.
The process for a custom fit sports mouthguard is simple and painless, lasting about 20 minutes. Dental impressions will be taken and used to create an appliance that will fit snugly over your teeth, and other dental appliances such as braces. Your custom appliance will be ready in about 10 days. Custom mouthguards provide the most comfortable fit and best protection.
Custom Sports Mouthguard in Sterling, VA
Your custom mouthguard will offer protection far superior to over the counter options and increase your strength and endurance with a secure and stable fit that does not zap your energy by requiring you to bite down constantly to keep it in place. When you clench your jaw during play or athletic activities, your body also releases hormones such as cortisol which decreases your ability to perform at your full potential. Jaw clenching also put stress on the joints of the jaw and can lead to TMJ bite problems down the road.
When you are not losing excess energy to clenching your jaw so that your mouthguard does not fall out, your body is able to absorb oxygen at a faster rate, leading to improved stamina and performance ability in whatever you are doing. You are also able to drink fluids without having to remove your mouthguard for quick rehydration on and off the field. This is especially important for younger athletes who may resist wearing a poor fitting mouthguard or forget to put it back in after consuming fluids.
Custom Mouthguard FAQs
Are custom mouthguards more comfortable than store-bought options?
Yes! Mouthguards that are made specifically to fit your mouth are proven to be much more comfortable and reliable than any other option. You don’t have to clench down to keep them in place. Clenching down while doing an activity releases hormones, which limits your body to perform at your full potential. You won’t even have to remove your mouthguards to drink water. Custom mouthguards make it easy to stay hydrated on and off the field.
How do I get a custom sports mouthguard?
The process to get a custom-made mouthguard is painless and simple. All you have to do is visit us for dental impressions and pick what color you want your mouthguard to be. A fun fact about getting a custom mouthguard is that you can design it to match the colors of your school or just pick your favorite. Creating custom designed mouthguards takes a few short days.
Can I use a custom sports mouthguard to protect me from teeth grinding at night?
No. Custom sports mouthguards are meant to be used for a couple of hours during rigorous physical activity. They are not built to be worn while you sleep, and can cause more harm than good. They will not protect you ore reposition your jaw while you are laying down like a night guard will.
Schedule A Mouthguard Fitting Today
Ridgetop Dental has two convenient locations in Northern Virginia. Our Reston and Sterling dentist offices serve patients and families from many local communities, including Vienna, Herndon, Oakton, Fairfax, Ashburn and Great Falls. Get active with complete confidence in the safety of your dental health with a comfortable, custom fit mouthguard. To schedule your appointment, request an appointment online or call one of our two Northern VA office locations:
- Sterling: (703) 444-9900
- Reston: (571) 616-9685