Sports mouth guards were created as a dental aid for athletes to achieve their best. Custom-fitted mouthguards have also been developed to improve your physical ability by combining science and physiologic dentistry.
For many Canadians, their lower jaw may not be in its best, most comfortable position. This can cause facial pain and muscle tension around the jaw. Eventually, imbalance jaws can lead to stiffness, inflexibility and other issues all throughout your body. You would be surprised to learn just how important a properly aligned jaw is; how it can improve your endurance, your strength and your overall physical ability.
When your jaw is in its best position, the muscles surrounding the area are no longer stressed. This gives you a comfortable bite, improved balance, better flexibility and increased upper body strength. The mouthguard helps your muscles return to their optimal position. This can help you reach the athletic peak you have been striving for and minimize the effects or help prevent a concussion.
The sports mouthguard is worn on the upper or lower teeth, depending on the type of sport, contact or non-contact.
In addition to athletes who traditionally wear mouth guards – football, hockey and soccer players – there are numerous other athletes who are reaping the benefits of wearing a mouthguard. Baseball players, marathoners, swimmers, cyclists and strength trainers have all found that using a mouthguard vastly increases their strength, balance and agility.
The athletic mouthguard looks at the way your jaw, teeth and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) work together through their position in the mouth. When there is a problem with your jaw alignment, symptoms such as headaches, pain in the neck & shoulders, jaw pain, clicking or popping of the jaw and ringing in the ears can occur.
Dr. Palmer is able to determine your best possible jaw position through a computerized jaw tracking system and TENS machine. The TENS machine helps relax your muscles, putting them in their most comfortable position. During your evaluation, Dr. Palmer will take impressions of your teeth and record your optimal bite. Your mouthguard will take about a week to be made in a lab and during your second visit, you will be fitted with your brand new custom-made mouth guard.
When your lower jaw is misaligned there is additional stress and strain put on the muscles of your face, jaw and neck. In addition, your shoulders and upper back muscles are negatively affected.
This in turn affects your posture and depletes energy from your body, and makes you more susceptible to concussion injury. When your jaw is aligned the way it should be, your muscles and your spine are relaxed. This improves upper body strength, flexibility and balance.