General & Preventative Dentistry
Best Dental Mouthguards in McLean VA
Why Wear a Mouthguard?
Sports mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury. Protecting your smile while playing sports is essential, injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries received by athletes. Here at McLean Healthy Smiles we provide custom-made mouthguards for adults & kids in Northern Virginia.
If you participate in basketball, boxing, hockey, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting or wrestling, it is recommended by the American Dental Association that you wear a mouthguard.
Types of Sports Mouthguards
Choosing the right sports mouthguard is important. There are three basic types of mouthguards:
- Pre-made mouthguard
- “Boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard
- Custom-made mouthguard
When you choose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, well-fitted for your mouth, and easy to keep clean. Also, make sure it does not prevent you from breathing properly during use. If you wear braces or a retainer, it is imperative for you to wear a mouthguard. Your dentist can show you how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right mouthguard to protect your smile.
What Type of Sports Mouthguards Are the Best?
The best sports mouthguards near you are produced and custom-fitted by your dentist.
Custom-fit mouthguards are specifically made for each individual, and a professional, like a dentist, creates them in a dental office or a special lab. They’re designed based on your dentist’s instructions to ensure a perfect fit.
Usually, mouthguards are meant for upper teeth, but if you have braces on your lower teeth, your dentist might suggest one for them as well. It’s important to ask your dentist about the best mouthguard for you. A good mouthguard should be comfy, strong, easy to clean, and not get in the way of your breathing or talking.
How Much Do Custom Sports Mouthguards Cost in McLean, VA?
Because custom-made mouthguards use higher quality materials and require more time and expertise to produce, they are pricier than other types like the stock store-bought and off-the-shelf boil-and-bite varieties. However, they provide superior comfort and protection to prevent traumatic injury to the mouth, teeth, jaw, & face.
To ensure optimal comfort and protection, consider combining a custom mouthguard with professional tooth reshaping, for a personalized and secure fit that complements your natural tooth contouring.
Taking Care of Your Mouthguard
Similar to a retainer, braces, or any other special dental appliance, it is important to take care of your mouthguard by storing it properly and keeping it clean. You should also know when to replace your old mouthguard with a new one.
Here are a few simple ways to keep your mouthguard clean and working correctly:
- Gently scrub your mouthguard after each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Store your mouthguard in a protective case.
- Do not leave your mouthguard in the sun or in hot water; it may melt or become deformed.
- Replace your mouthguard at the beginning of every new sports season. You should also replace your mouthguard if you notice it has become worn and no longer fits properly.
- Do not wear a retainer with your mouthguard. If you wear braces, your dentist will help design a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your braces.
- Do not chew on or cut pieces off of your mouthguard.
- Bring your mouthguard to each dental checkup, and your dentist can check to make sure it’s still in good shape.
Our goal is to help minimize your chances of a sports-related injury by crafting custom-made sports mouthguards in McLean VA. Be sure to ask us about mouthguards at your next dental checkup – GO TEAM!
Need a Dental Mouthguard in McLean, VA?
If you are looking for the best sports mouthguards near you, contact McLean Healthy Smiles today for top-notch protection and personalized oral care a custom-fit mouthguard provides.
The best mouthguards in McLean, VA are produced and custom-fitted by Dr. Colospate. If you have any more questions, we encourage you to learn more about protecting your – or your athlete’s – smile with a custom-fit mouthguard custom-crafted by Dr. Colospate.
During your consultation, we will discuss your options, answer your questions, present some examples for you to choose from, and review payment or insurance options.
Call us now at (703) 356-5330 or send us a message.
We provide dental mouthguards in the following cities in Virginia.
McLean, Great Falls, Falls Church, Arlington, Vienna