Athletic Mouthguards – Fitted for your protection.

We believe that protecting the health and safety of our patients is a number one priority. We offer two types of sports guards.

With all of the concern about concussive injuries it is important to protect not only our teeth but  our brain as well. Research has shown that a well fitted mouthguard can help protect against concussive injury. We strongly encourage all of our patients who participate in any contact sports to wear a mouthguard.

According to the national youth sports foundation for safety an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain a dental injury when not wearing a mouthguard. They also go on to state that dental injuries are the most costly type of injuries sustained during sporting events.

Professionally fitted  mouthguards 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.

Pro-Form® Custom made  athletic mouthguard

Custom made from an impression and model of the athletes teeth.

Single arch coverage

Does not have chin strap

Will not work with orthodontic appliances

One of the most comfortable mouthguards available

Used by professional athletes

Case included

$87.00


Brain-Pad Lo-Pro  Mouthguard

 

 

Dual arch protection

Studies show increased protection from concussive forces

Optional helmet strap included

Dentist will customize the fit

Used by professional athletes.

Case included

$45.00 w/ fitting

$25.00 w/o fitting—nstructions for self fit included

 

 


Dental MouthGuard FAQ’s


Q: Why can’t I just get one at the sporting goods store?
A: While any mouthguard is better than none, very few stock guards actually fit. These loose guards can fall out during contact and fail to protect at all. We offer two types  of guards, a total custom fit or the dual arch Brain Pad that we customize for our patients.

Q: What about the “boil and Bite” guard?
A: I hate to answer with a question but I have to ask, can you drink boiling water? The temperature to accurately fit the guard it just too hot to do it in the mouth. When we custom fit the Brain Pad we use a modified technique to soften the guard and still protect our patients from scalding temperatures.

Q: How much does it cost to get a custom one?
A: Every dental practice is different, but in my office we charge $87.00 to make one for our patients. There are more expensive ones available but I would rather make a new one periodically than expect someone to wear the same guard for years. A customized Brain Pad guard runs $45.00

Q: What about braces?
A: All the more reason for a great mouthguard. We recommend the brain pad for our patients with orthodontic appliances.

Q: How are they made?
A: A dental impression is taken and a model of the athlete’s teeth is prepared. That model is used to vacuum form special laminated material over the teeth for a custom fit. The material is trimmed so that most protection is available for the least amount of plastic in the mouth. The Brain Pad does not require an impression, the actual guard is custom fit and ready to take home in just minutes.

Q: Can you talk with one?
A: Sure, I wouldn’t recommend singing opera while wearing one, but speaking (grunting in the huddle) is no problem.

Q: How long does it take to get one
A: The brain pad is quick, the proform custom guard usually is ready the next day.

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

Available at the Brandywine Smile Center $77.00

Read Dr.McGann’s Column in the Unionville Times