Michelle H. Edwards, DDS, MSD

9885 E. 116th Street, Suite 100

Fishers, IN 46037

Custom Athletic Dental Mouth Guards for Indianapolis Area Kids in Fishers

Every parent wants their kids to stay healthy and active, which is why you might encourage your children to participate in sports. Unfortunately, without proper preventive care, dental injuries can sideline your child for the season or damage their growing mouth. Oral lacerations, knocked-out or chipped teeth, and concussions are common in contact sports, which is why we recommend custom athletic mouth guards for kids who participate in these kinds of extra-curricular activities.

Preventing Injuries with Mouth Guards

Mouth guards work by simultaneously cushioning the face and bite while spreading and dissipating impact. In addition to protecting your child from dental injuries, research has also shown that mouth guards might protect your child from concussions, since they stabilize your child’s jaw, absorb impact, and limit head movement during a direct hit.

Types of Athletic Mouth Guards

Although many parents opt for mouth guards, few realize the importance of investing in a professionally made, custom mouth guard. Here are the different types of athletic mouth guards and why it is in your best interest to have your child fitted for a custom version as soon as possible.

Stock

“Stock” mouth guards are the cheapest variety of mouth guards, with some versions available for only a few dollars online. These mouth guards come pre-formed and ready to wear, but aren’t customizable, which means that they might not fit perfectly. Because stock mouth guards can be bulky, uncomfortable, and make breathing difficult, many parents find that their child refuses to wear their guard like they should, which can put their child at risk for sports injuries.

Boil and bite

Boil and bite mouth protectors are essentially a stock mouth guard that allows the patient to customize the device slightly. After the protector is boiled in water, it softens so that patients can bite down on the guard and create a personalized impression of their teeth. Although these protectors offer a better fit than traditional stock protectors, they don’t offer the same comfort and stability as custom varieties. If you opt for a boil and bite mouth guard, consider the CusMbite MVP, which is a boil and bite mouth guard that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Custom-made

Custom mouth guards are created by the best pediatric dentists in Indianapolis from impressions of your child’s teeth and mouth. These impressions allow a dental lab to create a protector that will fit the contours of your child’s smile. Custom mouth guards can also be personalized based on your child’s sport of choice, with heavier-duty varieties available for full-contact sports and slimmer versions for other activities. Custom mouth guards are exceptionally comfortable and stable, allowing players the opportunity to focus on the game instead of worrying about their mouth guard being knocked out of place.

Custom mouth guards have also shown to be more effective than stock or boil-and-bite varieties. In fact, one research study that followed 412 high school football players found that 8.3% of the group who used stock mouth guards suffered concussions, while only 3.6% of the players using custom mouth guards experienced them. We are pleased to be able to offer custom mouth guards to protect your child’s smile--and their health.

Mouth Guards Your Child Will Love Wearing

Kids are more likely to wear a mouth guard that fits properly and that reflects their personal sense of style. For these reasons, the Children’s Dental Center offers a wide array of mouth guard varieties. Options include performance enhancing mouth guards from Under Armour® and varieties that can be customized based on your child’s favorite colors or sports teams. No matter what your child decides to go with, Dr. Edwards and Dr. Bradley will inspect the fit and function of the finished guard to make sure that it will work perfectly. Contact us today to get your child the protection they need!