Athletic Mouth Guards-Enjoy Your Sports & Activities Without Risking Your Smile

Mouthguards are an important part of any athlete’s gear. They protect your teeth, jaw and supporting gum tissue from injury while participating in contact or collision sports such as football, hockey, rugby etc. There is no age limit for mouthguard use; it could be beneficial to a toddler just starting out on the monkey bars! It might not seem like much but think about what would happen if you were playing soccer with someone who kicked their shoe right into your face – ouch!

Participation in athletics has steadily increased over the years which means there will always be more kids running around sporting some form of protective equipment from head-to-toe including a well fitting athletic mouthguard that helps keep them safe during these collisions by acting as cushioning.

Athletic Mouthguard

When we think of the term “sport”, it usually brings to mind images such as a football player throwing that pigskin across the field, a hockey player skating through an opponent’s defense and scoring during overtime or maybe even Olympic athletes racing against each other for gold. In recent years however, there has been an increase in sport-related injuries occurring on your face due to competition among players and teams intensifying. Due to this increased intensity from competitors trying their best not only save themselves but also help win games for their team so if you’re someone who plays sports competitively whether at school or professionally be aware because these little bumps could lead into big problems down the line including facial trauma with swelling which can affect our smile too!

Kids are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth when they’re not wearing a mouthguard. In an effort to help get the word out and increase awareness about this important topic, April has been designated as National Face Protection Month.

National Face Protection Awareness Month

Every year in April, just prior to the start of many sport seasons begin, these 5 oral health organizations rally together and advocate for team coaches and organization leaders alike urge those who participate in contact or collision-based sports wear an athletic mouthguard during games as a means to protect one’s dental work from potential injury due accidents on court/field conditions where harmful collisions may occur. These associations include:

The five health organizations collaborated to create a news press release on April 2016 about National Face Protection Month. The article is titled Double Down on Mouthguards and highlights many of the risks associated with preventable injuries. It’s great for those who want to learn more!


The five organizations listed above follow and track the occurrence of dental and head injuries in sports. The sports with the highest incidence of dental trauma are listed below.

  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Boxing
  • Rugby
  • LaCrosse
  • Baseball
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Wrestling
  • Soccer
  • Skateboarding
  • Softball
  • Racquetball
  • Martial Arts
  • Weightlifting
  • Track & Field
  • Gymnastics
  • Skiing & Snowboarding

Protect Your Mouth and Teeth From Injury With a Custom-fit Athletic Mouthguard

There are many sport injuries that can happen without even knowing it. However, this doesn’t mean you should stop playing your favorite sports just because of the risk! If you want to protect yourself from these risks we recommend wearing a mouthguard for one simple reason: It’s cheap and easy protection while participating in any sport!

Listed below are the most commonly reported sport-related traumatic dental injuries that can easily be avoided by choosing to wear an athletic mouthguard while participating.

  • Tooth fracture
  • Missing tooth
  • Tooth displacement
  • Injury to TMJ (Tempromandibular Joint)
  • Injury to soft tissues
  • Protects dental brackets and wires
  • Protects your teeth, lips, cheeks, jaw, and supporting gum tissue from direct and indirect impact
  • Helps prevent head concussions

The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety estimates the cost of reimplanting a tooth including follow up dental treatment is roughly $5000.00 or the equivalent of fabricating 83 custom fitted athletic mouthguards from your dentist, but you should also consider that if something happens to one child’s teeth there could be more than 23 other kids in their league with similar issues!

Common Athletic Mouthguard Objections

It’s puzzling why so many athletes are neglecting the advantages of an athletic mouthguard. Injuries to the face, head or neck can result in devastating consequences such as brain hemorrhaging and impaired speech for life. It’s a shame that more people don’t understand what they’re missing out on when it comes to this useful piece of gear! With a custom fitted mouth guard fabricated from your dentist (or at any dental office), you’ll be able to live without these fears while also being protected against injuries including concussion.

Several surveys compiled the list below as the most common objections, many of which can be resolved with a custom fitted mouthguard fabricated from your dentist.

  • Uncomfortable
  • Fit is loose and not retentive
  • Difficult to talk
  • Impairs understanding of speech with mouthguard in place
  • Cumbersome
  • Bulky
  • Inconvenient
  • Smelly
  • Tastes bad
  • Falls out accidentally while on the field of play
  • Afraid to wear accidentally wear a teammates mouthguard



Types of Athletic Mouthguards

Stock Athletic Mouthguards

Mouthguards are a common purchase in sports such as hockey, football and rugby. They can be purchased at many retail sporting goods stores for an affordable price that is often around $20 to protect teeth from being chipped or broken when they collide with other players’ helmets while playing hard-hitting games like the ones mentioned before.

However, it’s important to know what you’re getting: stock mouth guards offer little protection against concussion because they don’t fully cover your lips nor do their straps reliably stay on during playtime without loosening up over time–only properly fitted and retentive mouth protections will help prevent concussions (and those come with higher prices).


  • Available at any sporting goods store
  • Cost-effective


  • Don’t fit well
  • Poor fit leads to more concussions
  • Limited Sizes of Availability
Photo above: Store bought athletic mouthguard

Boil & Bite Athletic Mouthguard

Boil and bite mouthguards are the most popular of all athletic mouthguards worn by athletes. While their fit is more retentive than stock, they still only offer a low level of smile protection despite being rated very highly as far as breathability goes. The pros and cons also largely mirror those found in other types of athletic mouth guards – for example, while boil-and-bite have been shown to reduce pressure on teeth due to its better fitting nature when compared with regular stock versions; many find that it can be difficult or even impossible to make these themselves at home without professional assistance (pros). It’s important not just about what you’re wearing though: always remember your safety first!


  • Cost-effective
  • Available at any sporting goods store


  • Fit is not perfect
  • Poor fit leads to more risk of concussions
  • Limited availability of sizes

Custom Athletic Mouthguard

A custom mouthguard made by your dentist provides superior protection for all of your teeth, gums, and jaw. Your dentist will use FDA approved material that helps prevent a concussion to make this special piece just for you! Custom mouthguards may cost more than store bought ones but they are substantially less expensive than the average $5K it takes to heal from facial traumatic sport injuries.

custom fit mouthguard st charles il
Photo above: Custom-fit athletic mouthguard


  • • Improves safety by providing mouth and head protection
  • Fits properly to the individual’s teeth, tissues, and jaw.
  • Works in harmony with airways so that it does not interfere with speech or breathing when on the field of play.
  • Protects better than store-bought mouth guards


  • Cost more than store bought mouthguards, about $50.
  • Only available from a dental clinic, like Dean Street Dental.


Custom Athletic Mouthguard Fabrication Process

The process to fabricate you a custom fit athletic mouthguard requires two (2) short dental visits.

First Appointment.
One of our dental assistants will take a mold of your teeth to create an athletic mouthguard that is uniquely designed for you. The dental assistant will place FDA approved material on top and use the special vacuum technology machine to suck it onto your stone model, which makes this process quick and easy! Custom-made mouths guards come in variety colors so they match with any school or team color.

Second Appointment.
Most custom fit mouthguards can be fabricated in less than two business days, often sooner. At your second appointment, one of our dental assistants will have you try the fitted guard while ensuring that it’s retentive and comfortable. They’ll review care instructions for home use before giving you a kit with everything needed to take better care of your new tooth protector!

How to Care for Your Athletic Mouthguard

Wearing a mouthguard at all times as an athlete has many benefits, but there are downsides to having it constantly in your mouth. With use, plaque and bacteria accumulate on the inside of the guard which can lead to tooth decay when left unchecked. It is recommended that you rinse your mouthguard under cool water after each use and before placing it back into its storage case so that this doesn’t happen!

Post-Game Care

  1. Soak your mouthguard in a glass of cold water for 20 minutes to disinfect it.
  2. Next, use a toothbrush to gently brush the inside of it and rinse well with cool water. Hot will distort the fit of your guard so cold water is preferable for this process as well!
  3. Mouthguards should be cleaned and sanitized regularly to prevent bacteria growth. To do this, you must wash the mouthguard container with soap and water before placing it in your dishwasher or washing machine.

Complimentary Athletic Mouthguard Cleaning & Inspection

Dean Street Dental provides complimentary cleaning and inspection of your athletic mouthguard.
Do you want to protect your teeth and be able to talk without slurring? It’s easy! Simply bring your mouthguard with you at the next dental appointment. A member of our team will professionally clean, inspect for cracks or tears, and make sure it fits well enough that nothing can fall out from between it while playing sports.

When to Replace Your Sport Mouthguard

It can be hard to know when it’s time for a new mouthguard. Maybe you’ve been using the same one since high school or maybe your dentist just told you that yours is getting old and might not protect as well anymore. Bring in your mouthguard to our office so we can check its fit, give it an inspection, and advise on what type of replacement would work best with how much sports activity/exercise you’ll have going forward!

Are Athletic Mouthguards Covered by Dental Insurance?

Unfortunately not at this time. The cost of having a custom athletic mouthguard fabricated pales in comparison to the dental treatment costs and healing time of treating a traumatic dental injury.

How to Book an Appointment With Our Office

Looking to schedule an appointment with us? Give us a call at (630) 446-2134 or visit our online scheduler here. We ask all prospective patients to review treatments offered before scheduling so as to make informed choices about their service needs in advance! Of course, we will guide you with your options. You can take a look at what those service options are via this link.

Our Dentist’s Experience and Qualifications

Dr. Isbrandt graduated from North Central College in Naperville, IL with a B.A degree in Biology before going on to the University of Illinois at Chicago and receiving his DDS degree. Dr. Isbrandt is a dentist with training in orthodontics, implantology and endodontics.

Dr. Isbrandt is an accomplished dentist who does his best work when working directly with patients so they feel comfortable enough to share their concerns about any potential issues while at the same time feeling motivated by treatment plans suited just for them which will make them.

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FAQs About Composite Bonding

They are surgical methods used to fill teeth with material. However, there are key differences between the two.

Inlays require more work, requiring one of your teeth to be cut down before any filling can take place. On the other hand, in an onlay procedure you would have to drill out one of your teeth completely before it can be replaced with an inlay or onlay denture.

Onlays fill the cusps in a tooth with onlay material, while inlays fill the in between spaces in your teeth. The cusps in inlays can be on the incisal (front) surface of a tooth, which is also called an inlay restoration.

Additionally, inlays are often made from porcelain or gold and in one appointment to your dentist’s office whereas onlays require two visits—one for an impression & fabrication and one to place it in the cusps. Dentists nowadays usually take an impression and check for a cavity and check the cusps and the contact points in one appointment. Then the restoration procedure depends whether or not a crown is needed and how bad the cavity is (if any).

Inlays and onlays are used to repair damage so that teeth can be restored.

Inlays are more invasive procedures, requiring the cutting down of an existing tooth structure before any filling material is placed in order to restore it. On the other hand, inlay dentures have a relatively shorter recovery time in comparison to inlays.

Inlay dentures are most commonly used to fill in a missing section; they can also be used as part of dental implant surgery to restore the function and aesthetics of teeth, or sometimes in cases where an existing filling has fallen out.

Onlays have less of an invasive procedure than inlays, in that onlay dentures are used to replace a missing tooth structure.

In onlay procedures you would need to get rid of the entire tooth before placing in an inlay or onlay; this is much more invasive than inlays and involves cutting out teeth completely. Afterwards, it’s necessary to drill into the surface in order to fit in inlay or onlay in.

Inlays are more durable than onlays, with an inlay lasting longer and typically needing replacement less often. However, good dental care is needed for both inlays and onlays in order for them stay intact.

In inlay procedures, a dentist will cut out the tooth in question before replacing it with an inlay. Onlays are performed by dentists or orthodontist and typically require less work than onlays in order to be placed into place (since they don’t need as much cutting down of teeth).

In inlays, a dentist will cut down the tooth in question before replacing it with an inlay. On the other hand, in onlay procedures you would need to drill out the entire tooth in order for inlay or onlay dentures to be fitted into place.

Ceramic materials are the most common inlays and inlay dentures, but gold inlays and onlays are also occasionally used. Gold restorations are less common nowadays and ceramic restorations using ceramic materials is much more common. A gold onlay is also an option, as well as metal fillings. Ceramic inlays are recommended by the American Dental Association and as the dentist prepares your ceramic inlays and composite inlays, your restored tooth will be made of a durable material.

Inlays: it typically takes two appointments for the inlay treatment to be completed and to be finally bonded to the damaged area of the tooth.

Onlays: usually done in one visit, takes around an hour.

Inlays are considered permanent and will last for the life of your teeth.

Inlays may need to be replaced in case you have any tooth decay. However, they usually do not need to be replaced unless there is a large filling or cavity left after inlay placement.

Inlays are a more expensive treatment option than fillings.

Inlays can break or wear down.

Inlays may compromise the tooth root and cause pain in that area.

Onlays are more prone to complications than inlays because they cover a larger surface area of the tooth which means there is increased contact between the teeth.

The most common complication for both inlay and onlay is tooth decay in the area surrounding the inlay or onlay.

You will need to discuss with your doctor or dentist in detail what you should do in order to prepare for the inlay or onlay procedure.

Dental inlays and dental onlays require a lot of preparation before they are successfully done.  The patient must stop eating food that can make them gag, brush their teeth in a special way, and refrain from consuming hot or cold liquids in order to prepare the inlay or onlay.

You will need to discuss with your doctor how long you should stay away from all of these things in order to be successful in getting this procedure done.  It is important that they are able to talk about any medications you may be on in order to make sure they are safe for you to take in the days leading up to your dental inlay or dental onlay.

You can only eat soft food and follow a liquid diet after surgery, so it is important that patients prepare themselves in advance by stocking up their fridge with nutritious foods like yogurt, applesauce, and eggs in order to maintain a healthy diet.

After inlays or dental onlays, patients may experience slight discomfort in the tooth area. This will go away as your body heals from its surgery.

A hot or cold compress can help if you have any pain in these areas after dental inlay or onlay procedures.

Your dentist will want to see you in about a week in order to evaluate your new inlay or dental onlay. You will be able to go back to eating and drinking at this point in time, as long as it does not cause any pain in the tooth area where you had surgery done.

The dentist is also concerned about how your teeth fit together now that they have been adjusted for inlays or dental onlays.

If the inlay or dental onlay seems to be too high in your mouth, it may mean that you will need a crown in order to protect both teeth from further damage.

In cases where you need more protection for inlays or a dental onlay, we would typically recommend either an inlay or inlay-crown.

There are two types of inlays: inlay veneers and inlay crowns. Inlays can be used to add strength or design features to a tooth that is too short, thin, or small for a filling on its own. If you have an old filling that has started cracking or chipping around the edges, inlays can be used in place of it.

An inlay is a custom-made filling that is placed in the empty space in between your teeth to fortify or add strength to an otherwise weak tooth. Inlays are made from porcelain, gold, composite resin (tooth colored), or alloys in order for them to match in color with the surrounding natural tooth.

Inlays are often used in younger patients who have not yet developed a cavity in between their teeth, but for some people they can be an alternative solution to fillings in older adults and those who suffer from chronic dry mouth because it is less invasive than a filling.

An inlay veneer is a filling in between teeth that looks like and acts as natural tooth. An inlay crown, on the other hand, is designed to cover up or replace all of the visible portion of the tooth it’s being added to. The inlay can be made out of porcelain, gold alloy (tooth-colored), or composite resin in order to match in color with the surrounding natural tooth.

An inlay can be used in between teeth that are too short, thin, or small for a filling on its own. If you have an old filling that has started cracking and chipping around the edges, inlays can also be used in place of it.

The inlay is used in some cases as a cosmetic solution to cover up the unsightly silver filling. The inlay, which can be made of porcelain or composite resin, covers the entire tooth and is cemented in place with dental cements that are matched to the individual patient’s needs. Inlays are usually not bonded in place, so they can be removed in the event that a cavity needs to be repaired.

Traditional fillings are used in some cases as a cosmetic solution to cover up the unsightly silver filling. The dental filling, which may or may not include tooth-colored materials such as porcelain and composite resin in order to match natural tooth color, is placed in a small hole in the tooth. It completely fills in that space and can be bonded in place with dental cements that are matched to the individual patient’s needs.

Inlays are a more expensive treatment option than fillings. Both are restorative dentistry procedures that aim to fix the affected tooth, decayed teeth, dental decay, and restore your overall dental health.

You have many dental restoration options and you should consult with your dentist to learn what is best for you.

Inlays are a tooth restoration that is much more durable than fillings.

Inlays may last 20 years or longer in an adult patient’s mouth.

Fillings last in the mouth in a few years.

Adult patients with inlays may not need to visit their dentist for many years, while filling recipients will have to return every year or two.

Inlays are much more expensive than fillings and require more time in dental office chair; however, they provide better tooth longevity.

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Dr. Isbrandt has been providing restorative and cosmetic dentistry for thousands of patients in the St. Charles area, which is evident from his dental clinic’s mission statement: “We strive to establish long-lasting relationships, driven by trust and comfort, to help our patients reach and maintain optimal dental health for life.” 

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