The Woodlands and Houston TX
Most mouthguards are designed just to protect your teeth. But what if a mouthguard could help you achieve your maximum performance potential. When your jaw is out of position, it can impact many aspects of your performance: balance, airway, muscle activity, and more. A performance mouthguard won’t make you stronger. It won’t make you faster. It won’t make you more agile, but it will allow you to be as strong, fast, and agile as you really are, without the handicap that poor jaw position can impose.
If you want to learn how much your performance is being hampered by your jaw, and be free to maximize your performance, please call (281) 367-5559 today for an appointment with Houston neuromuscular dentist Dr. Scott Young in the Woodlands.
How Performance Mouthguards Work
Using the principles of neuromuscular dentistry, performance mouthguards work by placing your jaw in its optimum resting position. Your jaw, facial, and neck muscles will be in the best position possible. This leads to improvement in physical performance.
Dr. Young will first help to relax your muscles using a TENS machine. Once this has been done, the next step is to measure your jaw’s position so that your performance mouthguard can be built to your individual needs. Every time you wear the mouthpiece, your jaw will be returned to this relaxed position.
Using performance mouthguards, athletes have noted increased levels in:
- Range of motion
That’s because a poor jaw position can have many consequences for your performance. Your jaw largely determines the size and shape of your airway. When your jaw isn’t at an optimal position, your airway can be narrowed, reducing your access to precious oxygen.
And your jaw position interacts with the position of your neck and spine. When your jaw is out of position, your spine curves in response. This can affect your flexibility and range of motion. It can make it harder for you to leverage your muscle strength properly.
A poor jaw position can impact your balance. Dizziness and vertigo are common symptoms of TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorders). At a lower level of jaw displacement, you can still experience some impact to your body’s balance system, though it may not be evident until you are asking the most of yourself.
Benefits of Performance Mouthguards
Performance mouthguards offer benefits other mouthguards don’t, including:
- Increased comfort
- Increased durability
- Optimum protection
- Increased levels of performance
It’s not just that other mouthguards won’t help your performance–they may actually hinder it. Other mouth guards may change your bite position to one that requires the muscles to work harder and may exacerbate other symptoms of a poor jaw position..
If you need further proof, a majority of the New Orleans Saints started using performance mouthguards at the beginning of their season as Super Bowl champions. They then went on to win the Super Bowl. However, they’re not the only star athletes using this type of mouthguard. Others include:
- Shaquille O’Neal, NBA all-star
- Terrell Owens, pro-bowl NFL wide receiver
- Bode Miller, gold medal Olympic skier
- Manny Ramirez
Will You Benefit from a Performance Mouthguard?
Not everyone will see a noticeable benefit from a performance mouthguard. But there are some signs you can consider that might indicate you can benefit:
- Mouthguards wear out quickly
- Your jaw hurts after practice, workout, or games
- You develop headaches (not related to concussion, dehydration, or heat)
- Breathing gets worse or better when you put in your mouthguard
- You experience any TMJ symptoms
If you experience these effects, it is likely that a performance mouthguard may help you.
If you are interested in finding out how performance mouthguards can help you achieve your athletic potential in the areas of Houston or The Woodlands, Texas, please call (281) 367-5559 or contact us today to talk to the experienced neuromuscular dental team at Woodlands Premier Dentistry.