A Sports Guard Can Protect Your Teeth
Injuries are a common occurrence when you or your children are active in sports. When you receive an injury, it can damage your teeth and affect your smile, speech and ability to chew. It’s important to protect yourself against such damage.
Any high contact sport, such as boxing, football or hockey, exposes you to the risk of getting hurt. If you don’t wear a sports guard and you are hit in the face, your teeth can come together with great force.
They can easily chip or break and at worst you can break your jaw or suffer from a concussion. The long term costs financially and psychologically can be significant.
A sports guard can protect your mouth when you take a hit to your face. Generally, a sports guard covers the top teeth and protects your tongue, jaw and the inside of your cheeks. As your top teeth are more prominent, they get the full force of the hit. In some instances (such as if you wear braces) we will make a sports guard for the lower teeth as well.
Why Do I Need a Custom-Made Sports Guard?
The type of guard you buy from most sporting goods stores will mold to your teeth when it heats up in your mouth and you bite down on it. However, little can be done to adjust the fit.
A store-bought guard tends to be bulky and make breathing and talking difficult. Even the very best over the counter option won’t ensure quality and effectiveness. As the guard tends to move around in the mouth, it may even encourage a gag reflex.
Wearing a sports guard that’s custom made from an exact mold of your mouth gives you superior protection and comfort because it fits so much better.
How Is It Made?
Your dentist uses a special dental putty to make an impression of your mouth. The mold recreates every nook and cranny of your mouth. We send the mold to a dental technician who makes an exact model of your teeth out of special plaster-like material.
Finally, your sports guard is created to fit precisely and it’s made out of resilient materials that are comfortable, easy to clean and don’t restrict your breathing or talking.
A properly fitted sports guard is protective, comfortable, tear-resistant, odorless and although it isn’t bulky, it’s sufficiently thick in critical areas. It’s trimmed and polished so that it adapts properly to your teeth and gums.
How to Care for Your Sports Guard
Once you have your custom sports guard, there are some things you’ll need to do to make sure it continues to offer you the best protection.
- Clean your sports guard with a toothbrush and toothpaste after you use it.
- If you notice signs of wear and tear or if it starts to hurt when you put it in, make an appointment as it may need to be replaced.
- The mouths of children must be reevaluated regularly because their mouths are still growing and they may need a replacement.
- Take your sports guard with you to every dental appointment so your dentist can make sure it still fits properly
- Transport your sports guard in a sturdy container with vents.
- Don’t put your guard in hot water as it could soften and lose its snug fit. Leaving it out in the sun will have the same effect.
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As you can see, having teeth protection during physical sports is important to maintaining your beautiful smile and preventing damage from occurring in the future.
If you have any questions about sports guards or any of the other services we offer, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment for a consultation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.