MouthguardsDentist in Mount Prospect
We believe… you should protect what you have while doing what you love
Mouthguards are mandatory in many high contact sports. Most mouth injuries occur when children between the age of 7 and 14 are playing casual sports or doing activities like riding a bike or a skateboard. Broken or lost teeth are the most common type of mouth injuries. Though jaw bone fractures and dislocations can cause damage that can have a negative effect for the rest of your child’s life. Mouthguards can help to protect your children and prevent painful injuries with expensive treatments. There are different types of mouthguards available. The 3 most common ones are:
- Stock mouthguards: these can be bought at a local store and offer little or no protection
- Boil-and-bite mouthguards: are molded to the child’s teeth but without the necessary support for the teeth and jaw
- Custom-made mouthguards: max. protection, more precise fit, minimal interference when breathing or speaking, more comfortable and durable
Why it’s better to get one from your dentist
Besides that custom mouthguards are protecting your or your child’s teeth they offer a better airway exchange, better performance and are less bulky. There is also less probability of traumatic injury causing for example concussions, cuts, chipped teeth, broken teeth, traumatic abrasion, etc. which minimizes the chance of jaw and dental work (ortho, crowns, veneers, etc).
Types of custom-made mouthguards
Dr. Tom Meyer can customize a mouthguard in usually just two visits. For a BASIC mouthguard the first visit will take about 15-20 minutes and the second visit – usually within the same week – would take about 10-20 minutes after you will leave with the mouthguard and case.
HIGH-PERFORMANCE mouthguards are made with neuromuscular computerized technology to find the exact jaw-coordinates which will allow for optimum oxygen exchange and jaw stability. This will increase the users strength, balance, flexibility, speed, and agility. We will need about 2 hours for the first visit, and appr. 2 weeks later we will meet for the second visit which will take about 1 hour.
Depending on the type of mouthguard and the options provided by the dental office, you may be able to match your team colors to your mouthguard.
The cost range will be $125 for a custom basic mouthguard and can range as high as $1500 for a high-performance mouthguard.