Sport and Athletic Mouth Guards – Where to Purchase and Which One Should You Choose?
Mouth guards are coverings worn over teeth most often used to protect teeth from injury during sports.
There are three types of mouth guards:
- Stock mouth protectors are preformed and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive and can be bought at most sporting good stores and department stores. However, little can be done to adjust their fit, they are bulky, make breathing and talking difficult, and they provide little or no protection.
- Boil and bite mouth protectors also can be bought at many sporting goods stores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. The “boil and bite” mouth guard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth.
- Custom-fitted mouth protectors are individuallydesigned and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist’s instructions. First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then moulded over the model using a special material.
An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.
Why Choose a Custom Sport/Athletic Mouth Guard from Dawson Dental?
- Mouth guards are not fitted to the bone that surrounds the teeth, which provides a low level of protection.
- Millions of teeth will be knocked out in sporting activities this year. The cost to replace a tooth could cost thousands of dollars.
- Research shows that wearing a custom mouthguard could improve athletic performance, increase respiratory efficiency, increase visual/auditory reaction time and reduce the risk of mild traumatic brain injury.
- We make your mouth guard in one of our own Dawson Dental labs to custom fit your teeth. We have dental offices across Ontario.
Who Needs a Mouth Guard?
Mouth guards are worn by both children and adults who play contact sport or recreational activity that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth.
If you grind your teeth at night a special mouth guard-type of dental appliance called a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint may be fabricated to prevent tooth damage.
Can I Wear a Mouth Guard if I Wear Braces?
Absolutely! Injury to the face could damage braces or other fixed appliances, a properly fitted mouth guard is a wise decision for those who wear braces.