Do you or your child play sports on a regular basis? If so, consider athletic appliances to protect the teeth, lips, cheeks, and tongue. Here at Dental Specialists Center, we are pleased to offer athletic appliances to children and adults. Every appliance we prescribe will be custom-crafted to ensure optimal fit and function.
An athletic appliance can prevent an injury that may fracture or dislodge the teeth or damage dental implants, crowns, bridges, or veneers. They can allow you or your child to play the sports you love without putting your oral health at risk.
Sports That Require Athletic Appliances
Regardless of what sport you or your child play, you are prone to getting hit in the face. However, high-contact sports are more dangerous for the teeth and could therefore benefit from athletic appliances the most. Our dentists highly recommend athletic appliances if you or you child play one or a few of the following sports:
- Ice Hockey
How are Custom-Crafted Appliances Made?
The production of custom-crafted athletic appliances begins in our office. After we take an impression of your teeth or your child’s, we’ll send it to a lab who will create the appliance. You or your child may be able to select a clear appliance or an appliance in the color of your choice.
Once the appliance is ready, we’ll watch you or your child try it on and may adjust or trim it to ensure a smooth and secure fit in the mouth. All custom-crafted appliances come with a case.
Custom-Crafted Appliances vs. Over-the-Counter Appliances
Some patients wonder why they should visit us for a custom-crafted athletic appliance when they can simply purchase an over-the-counter product. The truth is that an over-the-counter appliance is typically uncomfortable because it is not specifically made for your mouth or your child’s. Custom-crafted appliances offer a secure, comfortable fit.
With a custom-crafted appliance, you or your child won’t need to bite down to keep the appliance in place. This may lead to less energy usage and increased athletic performance. Custom-crafted appliances make it easy for children and adults to enjoy sports without worrying about injury to the teeth, lips, cheeks, and tongue.
Athletic Appliances for Braces
If you or your child are sporting traditional braces, rest assured that we can design an appliance that will fit snuggly over them. We make it easy to undergo orthodontic treatment and safely play sports at the same time.
Protect the Mouth From Injuries During Practices or Games
If you or your child play sports frequently, we encourage you to contact our North Texas dental office today to learn more about athletic appliances. We’ll be happy to educate you further on how they can serve as an excellent defense against mouth injuries during games or practices. Call us at (817) 722-6065.