Did you know:
- 75% of sport injuries occur when mouth guards were not worn
- 56% of all concussions were suffered when mouth guards were not worn
- 9% of all athletes have suffered some type of oral injury
- Athletes of all ages are at risk for oral injury; using a mouth guard can help to prevent injury.
What is a mouth guard?
Mouth guards, also called mouth protectors, help to protect your teeth from hits to the face or head, minimizing the risk of injury. They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.
The types of Dental Injuries that can occur without the use of a sports guard:
- Broken Teeth
- Chipped Teeth
- Fractured Bridgework or Crowns
- Lip / Cheek Injuries
- Root damage to the teeth
- Fractured jaws
How does a mouth guard work?
A properly-fitted mouthguard can cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth.
Custom-fitted mouthguards can play a role in preventing concussions. When the upper and lower teeth slam together, the force of the impact is transmitted to the brain which can cause a concussion. A custom-fitted mouth guard can provide a resilient, protective surface to distribute and disperse the impact.
What does a mouth guard look like?
Mouth guards are made in our dental centre, they can be made in your favorite color or remain clear. They can cover the upper or lower teeth. To offer protection against concussions, mouth guards should cover the surface of the molars, preventing the upper and lower teeth from slamming together if the jaw is struck.
Is a mouth guard comfortable to wear?
Most store-bought mouth guards do not hold their shape, sometimes fitting so poorly that users alter them to make them more comfortable. Unfortunately, this reduces the mouth guard’s protective properties. Custom-fitted mouth guards have a tight, comfortable fit because they are specifically tailored to each patient’s mouth.
Can a mouth guard be worn over traditional braces?
Yes – in fact, having a custom-fitted mouth guard is especially important for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other orthodontic appliances. A mouth guard can also provide a barrier between the braces and the cheeks or lips, helping to minimize injury to the soft tissues.
How much does a custom-fitted mouth guard cost?
A single blow to the mouth from a hockey stick may result in months or even years of treatment, with costs ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.