Custom Mouthguards

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  Boil-and-Bite Custom Formed
Protection Moderate protection Maximum area of protection
Thickness Areas of inconsistent thickness Ideal overall thickness
Fitment/Adaptation Somewhat adapted. Excess space present between teeth and mouthguard Precision fit to eliminate excess space
Bulk One size fits all creates unnecessary bulk No excess bulk. Trimmed for optimum comfort
Speech Interference due to loose fitment and excess bulk Minimal interference
Breathability Greater obstruction due to loose fitment and excess bulk Minimal obstruction
Custom color and logo No Yes

Prevent Injuries! A custom sports mouthguard can help prevent dental injuries such as: chipped teeth, root fractures, loose teeth, torn gums, lacerated lips and knocked out teeth.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) urges athletes to “Play It Safe” by wearing mouthguards

The damage caused by a ball, puck or elbow to the face can be devastating for a child – often resulting in serious injury and a lifetime of oral health issues. In fact, sports-related injuries are the leading cause of emergency room visits in 12- to 17-year-olds according to the Centers for Disease Control.

What is the difference between a custom mouthguard and a boil-and-bite?

Boil-and-bite mouthguards are the most commonly used mouthguards on the market and can be purchased from any sports store. They are immersed in boiling water and adapted in the mouth by clenching and sucking. However, there are several inherent problems with the design and forming process. First, the one size fits all design does not provide adequate protection to critical areas of your teeth and jaw. It also adds significant bulk, causing interferences with breathing, speech and may induce gagging. Secondly, the formation process creates areas of inconsistent thickness, making some critical areas too thin to provide adequate protection. Thirdly, the boil and bite process allows marginally improved fitment, leaving enough space between the teeth and mouthguard to allow shifting on impact.

What do the custom mouthguards look like?

Dr. Ikeda’s custom mouthguards are fabricated the same way the University of Southern California makes them for their university athletes, utilizing the same materials and design. The custom mouthguards are made from a mold fashioned from an impression of your upper teeth. Because they are made from an exact replication of your upper teeth, the mouthguard will be designed to protect your critical areas while eliminating any excess bulk. They are dual layered for maximum protection and formed in a high pressure chamber with heat to ensure precise adaptation. The high pressure forming also eliminates any spaces or gaps between your teeth and mouthguard, preventing any possible slipping or dislodging that may occur during impact.

Do I need to be a patient with braces?

No. We have many mixed martial artists and other athletes that come to Dr. Ikeda specifically for custom mouthguards. Contact us today to set up an appointment for your own custom mouthguard.

I have braces, is it possible to have a custom mouthguard made?

Absolutely. A properly fitted mouthguard is especially important for people with braces or other orthodontic appliances. An injury to the face can damage the braces and cause lacerations of the cheek, lips and gums. A custom mouthguard can provide the fit, protection and comfort necessary for teeth with braces that store bought mouthguards simply cannot provide.