Dental injuries are common when playing sport for adults and children alike. To protect your mouth against impact, it is important to consider purchasing a custom-fitted sports mouthguard.
A sports mouthguard is an oral appliance made of soft plastic used to protect your teeth and gums from sustaining injuries during sport. Many sports-retail stores and pharmacies stock over-the-counter mouthguards, however they differ from a mouthguard that has been custom fitted by a dentist.
There are a few different types of mouthguards available for purchase that vary in terms of cost and effectiveness.
Stock mouthguards- Although they are generally the least expensive option, they offer very little in terms of comfort and protection.
“Boil and Bite” mouthguards- As the name suggests the mouthguard is immersed in boiling water before placing in the mouth to mould to your teeth and bite. This will form the shape of the appliance around the natural contours of the teeth. This option does offer some protection but can still be quite uncomfortable to wear.
Custom-made mouthguards- This type of mouthguard requires an impression of your teeth in the dental chair. The impression is then used to fabricate a mouthguard according to your exact teeth and mouth measurements. A custom fitted mouthguard fits better, provides the most comfort and hold the teeth firmly in place. Although the more costly option they offer the best possible protection.
A mouthguard is a smart investment for any adult or child who plays high impact sports. Sporting dental injuries are more common than you think and can potentially incur substantial financial costs- particularly when surgery is involved. Mouthguards can significantly bare the impact of any sudden impact, which can otherwise result in teeth being knocked out or damaged.
Over-the-counter mouthguards can fail to absorb and distribute impact from injury due to poor fitting.
Custom mouthguards that are fitted at your dentist are designed with the patient’s optimal protection and comfort in mind. They allow you to speak and breathe clearly during sport. We can also customise your mouthguard to include your name and phone number in the event that it becomes lost.
Mouthguards are worn for long periods at a time, so it is important to make sure that they fit correctly and are comfortable. Investing in a fitted mouthguard now can help protect you or a loved one from potentially painful and expensive dental treatment.