Custom Sports Mouth Guard
A custom sports mouth guard could save your mouth from serious injury. A minor tumble, whack, or skid could turn serious for your smile without the proper protection. From custom football mouth guards to custom basketball mouth guards, your friends at Southcentre Dental are here to help keep your mouth safe from injury.
Do You Need a Sports Guard?
There are a variety of sports that could potentially injure your mouth, including lacrosse, MMA, and football—just to name a few. Many athletes who participate in non-contact sports, such as gymnastics or skating, also benefit from the protection offered by a custom fit mouth guard. If you wear braces or have fixed orthodontic appliances, your risk for oral injury increases along with your need for a well-made custom mouth guard.
What Does a Custom Mouth Guard for Sports Do?
Athletes are at a greater risk of broken or chipped teeth, as well as other dental injuries. A sports guard fits over your upper teeth and protects them, along with the surrounding gums and soft tissues. In some cases, say for instance you wear braces, a mouth guard may be made for your bottom teeth as well. Generally, the main focus is on the upper teeth since they tend to stick out the most and take the brunt of impact. If you have an underbite, the opposite may be true. Hence why a custom sports guard is important to achieve the right fit to protect your specific mouth.
A mouthguard for sports is key to protecting your lips, cheeks, gums, and teeth. In fact, according to research by the American Dental Association, you are 60% less likely to suffer a dental injury if you are wearing a mouth guard.
What if You Have Braces?
If you have braces or fixed bridge work, a custom sports guard is even more important. For one, fixed orthodontic appliances, such as brackets and wires, can cause additional damages to your mouth. Not only does a custom mouth guard protect your braces from harm, it also safeguards your gums, lips, cheeks and other soft tissues. While mouth guards are traditionally worn only on the top teeth, there are certain factors that may cause the need for a bottom mouth guard as well.
Different Types of Sports Guards
Not all sports guards are custom made. There are three different classifications of mouth guards for sports: bulk-made/standard, boil-and-bite, and custom.
Standard Size Sports Guard
A quick Internet search will show a variety of standard one-size-fits-most mouth guards for sports. While these are typically the cheapest available, they don’t come highly recommended. For one, they are usually uncomfortable and make it more difficult to talk and sometimes even breathe. Plus, they don’t offer the same level of protection as a custom mouth guard.
Boil-and-Bite Sports Guard
This type of mouth guard is made at home by boiling it in hot water and then molding it to your mouth. It’s better than a standard size mouthguard, but it still fails to offer as much comfort or protection as a custom guard.
Custom Sports Mouth Guard
A custom sports mouth guard is made by a dentist using exact molds of your mouth, teeth, and gums. Once your mouth guard is made, you try it on with your dentist to make sure it provides a good fit. As a result, custom sports mouth guards offer added comfort and protection. This option may cost more, but this is one of those things that you truly get what you pay for.
Benefits of Custom Mouth Guards
- Most comfortable fit
- Easier to breathe and talk
- Added protection
Mouth Guard Maintenance
You work hard and put in plenty of practice to stay on top of your game when it comes to your favorite sport(s). Thankfully, it takes a lot less effort to maintain a clean and functional mouth guard.
- Most importantly, rinse off the guard before and after you use it.
- Use a gentle soap or toothpaste along with your toothbrush to clean it after you wear it.
- Always make sure your sports mouth guard is completely dry before putting it away in its case.
- Never leave it outside in the sun or soaking in water.
- Bring your mouth guard in during your regular dental checkups. We are always happy to check if it still fits right and provides adequate protection.
Play It Safe, Get A Custom Mouth Guard
Southcentre Dental offers custom sports mouth guards made to your specific mouth and any dental conditions. We pay attention to every last detail for a custom fit that feels right. Contact us today to learn more.