Sports activities knock out more than 5 million teeth during sports activities each year. While this number certainly seems staggering, the American Dental Association also estimates that more than 200,000 mouth injuries are prevented every year thanks to the use of PlaySafe® sports mouthguards.
PlaySafe is the most prescribed mouthguard throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Dr. Mark Sowell is your dentist in Plano, TX for custom sports mouthguards.
No matter what your age, if you play high-impact sports, a PlaySafe mouthguard can help protect your beautiful smile. You invest a lot of time and money into your and your children’s teeth and gum health. Protect your investment with a custom-fabricated sports mouthguard.
Playsafe Sports Mouthguards in Plano, TX
PlaySafe sports mouthguards are completely customized to fit your mouth. Statistics show that, when worn properly, a protective mouthpiece decreases your risk of mouth injury by a whopping 99 percent. Here at Sowell Sensational Smiles, we use multilayered sports appliances customized to the sport or activity you choose.
Not all sports mouthguards are equal.
While many sporting goods stores sell mouthguards for sports, these versions are not as effective as the PlaySafe sports mouthpiece offered by Dr. Sowell at Sowell Sensational Smiles.
That’s because our mouthguards are custom-made to fit your or your child’s teeth. They are an exact duplication of your mouth. They even fit comfortably and safely over braces.
Over-the-counter mouthguards require your mouth to be clenched for maximum protection. This can lead to tension in the face, headaches, and jaw pain. These standard boil-and-bite mouthguards lead one to believe that they offer protection because they are custom-formed to your teeth, but this is untrue. They do not provide the necessary amount of thickness required to actually protect teeth.
PlaySafe Sports Mouthguard Fabrication
At your appointment, Dr. Sowell will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth. These will be used to create exact model casts of your teeth. A dental lab models your mouthguard based on the casts. It will take about two weeks from your initial appointment until you receive your PlaySafe mouthguard.
PlaySafe sports mouthguards are available in an assortment of colors. You can also customize it with your team’s logo. If needed, you can get an optional helmet strap in red or black. Your mouthguard depends on the sport you’re playing and your age.
PlaySafe sports mouthguards layer various-density materials. The soft protective layer is against the teeth, and the hardest layer is on the outside to absorb shocks or blows. There are six levels of protection, each being made of one to three layers.
- Junior: Designed for children
- Light: Designed for wrestling, volleyball, mountain biking, and motocross
- Light Pro: Provides maximum protection for all sports
- Medium: Designed for soccer, rugby, basketball, softball, rollerblading, and skateboarding
- Heavy: Designed for baseball, football, racquetball, martial arts, and kickboxing
- Heavy Pro: Designed for hockey, kickboxing, or any sport with heavy blows, especially with sticks
Custom-fitted sports mouthguards FAQs
Can I use my sports mouthguard for bruxism issues?
No. You should not use your custom-fitted sports mouthguards for bruxism and teeth-grinding issues. Custom-fitted sports mouthguards are specifically for use during contact sports. They protect teeth from big hits to the mouth and face. They can’t withstand teeth grinding.
Can I use my sports mouthguard for sleep apnea?
No. DO NOT use your custom-fitted sports mouthguard to alleviate sleep apnea symptoms. As mentioned above, they protect your teeth from dental trauma. They’re not for overnight use. Custom-fitted sports mouthguards do not help your mouth and jaw realign while you sleep. They do not work for sleep apnea.
When should I replace my custom mouthguard?
Getting a new custom mouthguard before every sports season you participate in is best. This is especially important for young athletes who are still growing. Replace mouthguards before every sports season. Replacement protects your athlete as effectively as possible.