If your children enjoy playing sports, you likely feel a bit apprehensive watching them for fear they may get hurt. From football to volleyball to soccer or even track, all athletes can benefit from some form of body and mouth protection. Fortunately, Dr. Melissa Rozas and her team can offer a solution in the form of a sportsguard for teens. These custom-made oral devices create a barrier between your teenager’s smile and anything that might harm it. To find out how you can get your child set up with custom sportsguards from our pediatric dentist, contact our dental office today.
Why Choose Dr. Melissa Rozas for Sportsguards?
- Board-Certified Pediatric Dentists Available for Consultation and Treatment
- Customized Oral Appliances to Ensure Comfort, Safety, and Effectiveness
- Works with the Best Dental Labs to Produce High-Quality Oral Appliances
The Purpose of Sportsguards
Whether your teen is battling the negative effects of bruxism (i.e. worn down teeth, chronic jaw pain) or needs better protection while on the field, court, or track, a custom-made sportsguard will make a dramatic difference in their ability to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
Dr. Rozas and her team of professionals can discuss with you and your teen about specific needs and recommend which device is best.
Why a Sportsguard?
Whether it is a hard-hitting tackle, a volleyball to the face, or tripping over a hurdle on the track and landing face first, sports-related injuries are extremely common. To avoid dental emergencies and keep your son or daughter’s teeth, gums, jaw, and other facial features intact, a custom-made sportsguard can be created for added protection.
These customized devices are made by technicians based on the specifications Dr. Rozas provides after your consultation. This will ensure the sportsguard fits comfortably and is effective at protecting their smile while engaging in physical activity.
How to Tell if Your Child is a Good Candidate
It’s unlikely you’ll find a child or teenager who isn’t qualified to receive a sportsguard. These oral devices are ideal for anyone who wants to play sports, is active outside, or who suffers from bruxism.
When determining whether your teen can receive one, Dr. Rozas will need to know if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Regular, chronic headaches
- Jaw pain or muscle fatigue that could be related to TMD
- Sensitivity to cold foods or beverages
- Excessive wear and tear of the teeth
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Lower jaw swelling
- Tooth cracks or chips
Benefits of Protective Oral Appliances
As a teenager, appearance is often “everything.” When facing peers at school, a mouth full of chips, cracks, and broken or missing teeth is not desirable and can cause a dramatic drop in self-esteem. By allowing us to provide your teen with a form of protection that will keep their teeth, gums, and facial structure free of damage, this will prove beneficial in many ways, such as:
- Avoiding multiple dental emergencies: Bruxism and sports-related injuries can lead to multiple visits to the dentist’s office. When treating these common emergencies, it can often cost valuable time and money. A sportsguard can decrease the chances of these visits.
- Your teen keeping their natural teeth longer: By wearing one of these devices, your teen will enjoy a healthy, natural smile for a lifetime. However, if a knocked-out or infected tooth is not treated promptly, Dr. Rozas and her team will need to discuss options for replacement, as missing teeth can result in additional bone and tooth loss over time.
- They help your teen to breathe easier: If sleep apnea is a concern, a custom-made sportsguard can work to improve their breathing. Too often, over-the-counter mouthguards are bulky and can restrict airflow.