Mouthguards have come a long way in the past couple of years. They went from being simply rubber bumpers to protect the teeth from trauma, to now being key pieces of equipment for top performance in athletics of all sorts. They are used by amateurs and professionals to help achieve maximum potential in balance, speed, and strength.
If you are interested in performance-enhancing mouthguards, please call (361) 851-8274 or email Corpus Christi TMJ dentist Dr. Don Lowrance today for an appointment.
What Are Performance-Enhancing Mouthguards?
Performance-enhancing mouthguards do exactly that: they enhance the performance of the athlete. They don’t give the athlete unfair super powers like steroids do. Neuromuscular mouthguards work by removing a common hindrance to many athletes: an imbalanced bite.
A neuromuscularly balanced bite can deliver the following enhancements to an athlete’s performance:
- Increased strength
- Improved balance
- Increased speed
- Improved range of motion and agility
- Better endurance & recovery
The results possible for each individual depend on the extent to which neuromuscular imbalance is interfering with athletic performance.
3 Ways Your Bite Affects Performance
Many people initially think that their bite position can’t possibly be affecting their performance, but it can.
Airway Size and Clearance: The tissues of your airway are supported to a large degree by the position of your jaw. If your jaw is in an inappropriate position, your airway can be narrower than it should be. It’s unlikely to completely cut off your air, as it can at night during sleep apnea, but with a narrower airway, you’re not getting as much air as you should, and without enough oxygen, your performance is reduced.
Draining Resources: When your jaw is in an improper position, the muscles of your jaw are working harder than they need to, trying to force your jaw into the right position. The amount of energy that your body expends in this task is substantial, and it takes away from the resources available to supply your other muscles.
Alignment of the Spine: The spine is your body’s core. A properly aligned spine gives your body a stable core that helps with balance and acts as an ideal platform from which the rest of your muscles can work. Jaw alignment is partly controlled by neck muscles, and when the jaw is out of alignment, it can pull the vertebrae of the neck out of alignment, which leads to a cascading effect through the rest of the spine. Putting the jaw in the right place helps ensure proper alignment of the spine.
If you’re looking for a way to take your game to the next level, contact Corpus Christi mouthguard dentist, Dr. Don Lowrance. He can fit you for a Neuromuscular Mouthguard and get you on your way to better athletic performance.