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Protecting Your Smile: Why You Need a Custom Mouthguard

Protecting Your Smile: Why You Need a Custom Mouthguard

At Edinburg Family Dentistry parents often ask us if an over-the-counter mouthguard is adequate protection for their child’s smiles. The answer, however, can be a bit more complicated than just a yes or no. What are you using the mouthguard for? What sports do they play? Do they have bruxism? These are just a few questions that factor into whether or not a custom mouthguard would be a better option for your child.

Over-the-Counter Mouthguards

Most over-the-counter mouthguards are fabricated using thin, pliable plastic designed to be suitable for a wide range of customers. They are typically fit using a “boil and bite” method, which involves heating the mouthguard for a period of time before carefully placing it in the mouth to be fitted. If they are uncomfortable, the customer can cut and alter them to fit better.

Things to Consider with Over-The-Counter Mouthguards

  • Over-the-counter mouthguards may not protect against violent teeth grinding.
  • Mouthguards from the store don’t often last long.
  • Store bought mouth guards typically don’t fit properly.
  • Over-the-counter mouthguards provide less protection during sports.

Custom Mouthguards in Edinburg

Unlike over-the-counter mouthguards, custom-fit mouthguards are prescribed, designed and fabricated by a professional dentist. Instead of thin, pliable plastic, thermoplastic is used for more durability and protection. Custom mouthguards are also designed based on your mouth; no two custom-fit mouthguards are the same.

Things to Consider with Custom-Fit Mouthguards

  • Custom mouthguards provide the best dental protection available.
  • Custom-fit mouthguards are designed to be durable and long-lasting.
  • Professional mouthguards protect the teeth and alleviate jaw tension.
  • Customized mouthguards are more expensive than store-bought alternatives.
  • A dental appointment is required to receive a custom-fit mouthguard.

Want to make sure your child’s smile is as protected as possible while they play sports? Does your child suffer from clenching and grinding, resulting in damaged teeth? Our custom-fit mouthguards in Edinburg can help! Get in touch with Edinburg Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment.

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.