Sports Mouthguards

Custom Sports Mouthguards

Rucker Orthodontics Temecula Orthodontist – Helps Defend Your Smile

No matter what age the athlete, proper protection is a key part of optimal performance. Whether you’re a young athlete, a professional level player, or weekend warrior, Dr. Rucker recommends a properly fitted custom mouthguard.

Athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they’re not wearing a sports mouthguard. Not only does a mouthguard protect teeth, it also helps absorb and redistribute the force of a blow to the jaw. Medical and dental experts agree that mouthguards reduce the risk of lacerations, jaw dislocations, and may even prevent concussions. While boil-and-bite mouthguards offer some protection, custom sport mouthguards are far superior in preventing serious injuries. Don’t settle for anything less!

Sports Mouthguard – Shock Doctor for Braces

Although custom mouthguards do offer the best protection, we find they can create bracket breakages during active orthodontic treatment. For a temporary solution while braces are on we recommend our patients go with a more affordable option, which is the Shock Doctor Ultra Braces mouthguard.  It is specifically designed for patients with braces and can be boiled to fit up to two separate times without causing bracket breakage and still provide sufficient protection against sports-related injuries.

Stats You Should Know

Before sports mouthguards, nearly half of all injuries in football players were dental-related. This astounding fact drew a lot of public attention when Life Magazine did an article on Notre Dame football players that were missing their front teeth. The benefits of using mouthguards for contact sports became a big topic and led to the American Dental Association helping make them mandatory for U.S. high school football players in 1962. It is now estimated that sports mouthguards prevent more than 200,000 injuries each year and have become required in many sports.


Store-Bought vs. Custom Made Mouthguards

Custom sports mouthguards by Rucker Orthodontics offer better protection over boil-and-bite mouthguards. Our professional quality mouthguards are completely customizable in any color and decals of your choice. Call today and schedule a complimentary exam to see how you can be better protected against sport related injuries.