Toluca Lake Dentist Discusses The Importance Of Custom-fit Mouthguards

Written by Dr. McKay on Mar 22, 2022

Our Toluca Lake dental team encourages patients to take simple, proactive steps to safeguard their smiles before damage occurs. This is especially important for people who participate in extreme or contact sports. With a little forethought you can protect yourself from potentially devastating aesthetic and functional dental problems. Keep reading to learn more about what goes into creating a quality mouthguard… 


The number one priority when crafting a mouthguard is to ensure that it fits snugly over the patient’s smile, and stays in place. This helps ensure that it will protect dental enamel in case of impact. The last thing you want is for your mouthguard to slip out of place when you need it most. 


Our dental team also designs mouthguards to complement and preserve the patient’s natural dental alignment and bite function. Generic mouthpieces can change how your top and bottom teeth come together in such a way as to put strain on your temporomandibular joints and bite alignment. 


Additionally, patients regularly report that customized mouthguards are more comfortable than generic alternatives. Comfort increases patient compliance, and these mouthpieces only work if you wear them consistently!


It is also important to ensure that your mouthguard is crafted from something—like thermoplastic materials—that can stand up to wear and tear. Mouthpieces can be subjected to a lot of bite pressure, and they need to be able to withstand regular cleaning.

As you can see, high quality protective dental gear is customized with you, the patient, in mind. If you think that you could benefit from a new mouthguard, please give our Toluca Lake dentists a call to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation. Together we can keep you smiling for years to come!