You want the best for your kids. That includes athletic gear. But you also like to save money where you can. So you may be wondering if a mouthguard from a dentist is really better than one from a store. Is it worth the added expense?

We may be biased, but the facts back us up. We are happy to talk to you about athletic mouthguards at your next appointment. If you need to schedule one, call 503-647-4645. Don’t delay in getting your child one. Research from the American Dental Association shows that athletes not wearing guards are 60 times more likely to suffer dental injury. Yes, 60 times!

In the meantime, check out some reasons a custom-made mouthguard is well worth the investment:

  • Snug and Comfortable Fit – The fit is the single most important feature of a mouthguard. If it’s not snug enough, it can feel loose and make it hard to speak or even breathe. Your athlete will be tempted to leave their guard on the sidelines instead of wearing it. A loose fit also means it can come out – so it won’t do its intended job. Since we use dental impressions for our mouthguards, they have a comfortable custom fit. 
  • No Boiling Needed – Store-bought mouthguards typically require you to put the guard in boiling water to soften it, then bite into it in an effort to adjust the fit. Not only is this frustrating, it often just doesn’t work too well. Our custom-made sports guards require no adjustment. They fit as if they were made for your child – because they are. 
  • Can Accommodate Special Requirements – Does your child wear braces or other orthodontia? You certainly want to protect it, given the significant investment required to straighten teeth. The good news is, we can make sure your child’s mouthguard works well with braces. 
  • Meets High Standards – Unlike most over-the-counter guards, our appliances satisfy standards created by the American Dental Association and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for Athletic Mouth Protectors and Materials. With their quality materials, custom mouthguards typically last longer and hold up better too. 
  • Backed by Our Expertise – Our dentist will be happy to ensure your child gets the right kind of mouthguard for their sport and style of play. 

A mouthguard from a dentist is worth the investment! Call Bickler Dentistry today at 503-647-4645 to schedule an appointment for a mouthguard fitting in Salem, OR. You can also make an appointment online.