Why wear a mouthguard?

If you play a contact sport, you’re at risk of injuring your teeth. Interestingly, even more dental injuries are related to the so-called “non-contact sports” such as netball, basketball, basketball, etc because mouthguard wearing is often deemed unnecessary.

These injuries include, but are not limited to, cracked and fracture teeth, knocked out teeth and broken jaws. Once incurred, the trauma can compromise the longevity of the teeth involved and often require lifetime of extensive treatment.

To find out more information on the use and maintenance of mouthguards read the ADA’s publication, Guidelines for the Fabrication, Use and Maintenance of Sports Mouthguards

How does mouthguard work?

A custom-fitted mouthguard provides an even layer of high quality material (EVA) which acts as a shock absorber on impact and is fabricated from an impression of your teeth taken by your dentist. This type of mouthguards is superior to the standard boil-and-bite type because it’s designed to fit the contour of your teeth, balances the bite and provide a firm grip which make dislodgment unlikely during sport.

Most importantly, custom-fitted mouthguards are comfortable. They allow normal speech and breathing. The most common problems with over-the-counter mouthguards are that they are loose and uncomfortable which is the number one reason why kids don’t like wearing them.

To make a custom-fitted mouthguard, an impression of your teeth is taken and you can collect your mouthguard in a few days.

Standard boil-and-bite mouthguards are generally loose and uncomfortable.

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