The American Dental Association recommends that athletes participating in contact sports be fitted for a custom mouth guard. Many athletes find that off-the-shelf mouthguards are uncomfortable. This is even more common for athletes with braces. As a result they tend to wear them less often or might opt not to use one at all.
This tends to encourage athletes and the parents of athletes to make the investment in getting a custom fitted mouth guard.
Whether you have a vacuum fitted or the more durable pressure laminated mouthguard, you will still need to maintain it on a regular basis to prolong its life.
When you’re done wearing the mouthguard you should brush your teeth with soft bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Then rinse the mouth guard thoroughly under cool or lukewarm water.
You should avoid rinsing or soaking the mouth guard in hot water or leaving it out in the sun. Heat can affect a mouthguard’s thermoplastic material and cause minor deformations in the custom fit.
When storing or transporting the mouthguard, be sure to keep it in a case with vents.
Be sure to check the mouth guard regularly for signs of wear and tear. Some contact sports that don’t require helmets or that involve repeated blows to the face, such as boxing can shorten the mouth guard’s overall lifespan.
If you have any questions about how to maintain your custom mouthguard please feel free to call us at 952.890.2791 to schedule an appointment.