Sports Dentistry An Overview
More than 5 million teeth are knocked out 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.
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.
Sports Dentistry What to Expect
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
Not all sports mouthguards are created equal.
While many sporting good 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 you or your child’s teeth. They are an exact duplication of your mouth and can even be made to fit comfortably and safely over braces. Over-the-counter mouthguards require your mouth 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 require to actually protect teeth. They can also be formed incorrectly and altered due to the athlete constantly biting them.
How a Playsafe Sports Mouthguards is Fabricated
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. These models will be sent to a dental lab where your custom mouthguard will be fabricated. 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 teams logo. If needed, you can get an optional helmet strap in red or black. The mouthguards vary based on the sport being played and the age of the athlete. PlaySafe sports mouthguards are built by layering various-density materials with the soft protective layer against the teeth and the hardest layer on the outside to absorb shocks or blows to protect your teeth. They are available in 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 can be expected especially with sticks