Athletic Guards

Personalized mouth protection that allows you to perform at higher levels.

The impact that missing teeth can have is rarely considered before it happens. You may have never thought about it but, losing permanent teeth would affect your life in many ways. Your confidence could wane, you might not smile as much, and eating certain foods you enjoy now could become nearly impossible. Okeene Dentistry & Braces encourages all athletes to explore the option of a custom crafted mouth guard, designed specifically to protect their very own teeth. What's the difference? Most sanctioned sports leagues require some form of protection gear in many sports and most athletes grow up wearing mouth guards. There are benefits to having specialized guard over one that isn't custom made for your mouth. First, the dental protection of a custom fitted athletic guard is superior. The time, trouble and expense of getting a properly fitted one would be made up instantly in a single accident. Also, one-size-fits-all athletic guards often restrict airway to some extent, custom formed dental athletic guards can actually improve it. Since breathing affects so much of athletic performance, the right athletic guard can make the difference between a good athlete and a great one! There are three basic styles of guards. There are ready made guards that come with helmets and are available in any sporting goods department. There are boil and bite guards that are first softened, then fitted to the athlete's mouth, which are better. Then there are custom fitted athletic guards. What to look for Unlike one-size-fits-all options, a dentist made athletic guard can be customized not just for the athlete, but the sport as well. A good mouth guard should be resilient and tear resistant. It should be comfortable, fit well, and be able to hang from a helmet strap or face-guard while not in use.

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