It is a known fact that not all sports mouthguards offer the same level of protection for your oral cavity. Ideally, if you play a contact sport like soccer, football, or hockey, you should consult a dental provider to get fitted for a customized mouthguard. At Alencar Family Dentistry, we will explain how mouthguards prevent sports dental injuries so you can make an informed decision for your smile.
How Can a Sports Mouthguard Help?
According to the American Dental Association, about one-third of dental emergencies are sports-related. When flying objects, high speeds, and aggressive players come together, it can be a deadly cocktail for your teeth. A sports mouthguard can help safeguard your teeth from harm, whether you are a professional athlete or just playing for fun.
How Do Mouthguards Work?
A sports mouthguard is an appliance worn over your upper teeth while playing contact sports. It forms a protective shield for your mouth. That way, your teeth won’t get knocked out if you fall on the soccer field or get punched in the boxing ring. A mouthguard must be sturdy enough to withstand intense force and resistant to wear and tear. It should also allow you to breathe and talk comfortably.
What Are the Different Kinds of Mouthguards?
There are essentially three kinds of mouthguards: stock, boil and bite, and custom-fabricated, and the best style will be determined based on your needs and preferences.
Stock mouthguards are mass-produced and are relatively inexpensive because they take a one size fits all approach to safeguard your teeth and jawbone. However, these mouthguards may be uncomfortable and do not offer a perfect fit. They make it difficult for players to breathe or talk. In addition, they do not provide the same level of protection customized mouthguards do.
Boil and Bite Mouthguards
Boil and bite mouthguards are fabricated from a transparent acrylic material that gets softened in boiling water and then adjusted to your bite. The material can be molded according to your mouth shape but this appliance will not be as resistant or comfortable as a customized mouthguard provided by a dental professional.
Custom mouthguards offer maximum protection. They are fabricated based on impressions of your teeth and perfectly fit their unique shape, also offering a superior level of comfort.
To learn more about sports mouthguards, visit Alencar Family Dentistry at 711 Greenbrier Pkwy Suite 101, Chesapeake, VA 23320. You can also reach us at (757) 546-0301.