According to Dr. Ray Padilla, incoming President of the Academy of Sports Dentistry, “The best mouthguard (based on research evidence), remains one that is custom designed and made by a dental professional with the athlete’s individual needs taken into account.” (You can read the full article here.)
Dr. Jamie J. Alexander of Boynton Beach takes into consideration developmental factors when designing a dentist-made athletic mouthguard for your child or teenage athlete. Throughout the sports season, the guard will need to provide space for erupting teeth. If your athlete is undergoing orthodontic treatment, Dr. Alexander will recommend your orthodontist make a custom one that accommodates the orthodontic braces or other orthodontic appliance.
The importance of protecting your mouth, lips and teeth from injury cannot be stressed enough. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control report that sports related dental injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits each year.