Do you play contact sports? If so, you have a higher risk of dental trauma from a blow to the head. While mouth guards protect your teeth, the ones from the store can be bulky and uncomfortable. This is why our Holland, MI dentist creates custom mouth guards for athletes. A allows you to breathe and speak with ease so you can focus on the game.
Wearing a sports mouth guard is one of the best ways you can avoid needing emergency dental care. Continue reading to learn why custom mouth guards offer superior protection and comfort.
How Does a Sports Mouth Guard Work?
Ais an oral appliance you wear over your upper teeth while you play contact sports. The mouth guard forms a protective layer between your teeth and the point of impact. That way, you won’t knock out a tooth if you’re tackled on the football field or punched in the boxing ring. We create custom mouth guards able to withstand concentrated force and tearing.
What Sports Use Mouth Guards?
We recommend wearing a mouth guard if you play a contact sport, such as football, boxing, or hockey. Yet, you can also wear a mouth guard if you don’t play a contact sport. For example, gymnasts may opt to wear a mouth guard while performing acrobatic feats. If there’s a risk of dental trauma, ask our emergency dentist about getting a sports mouth guard.
What are the Different Types of Mouth Guards?
There are three different types of mouth guards, which are stock, boil-and-bite, and custom. The type of mouth guard you get depends on how much you value having healthy teeth and gums.
- Stock Mouth Guards
Stock mouth guards are the least expensive and offer the least protection. This is because they take the “one size fits all” approach to protecting your teeth and gums. Stock mouth guards are uncomfortable, making it difficult for you to breathe or talk. Athletes also complain about stock mouth guards fitting loose or being bulky.
- Boil-and-Bite Mouth Guards
Boil-and-bite mouth guards are only slightly better than stock mouth guards. Manufacturers make boil-and-bite mouth guards from thermoplastic material. That way, you can soften them in boiling water and bite into them so they mold to your teeth. While a boil-and-bite mouth guard may fit better than a stock mouth guard, it isn’t durable. It also can’t compare with the comfort and fit of a custom mouth guard.
- Custom Mouth Guards
Custom mouth guards are durable, yet comfortable to wear. During your appointment, our dentist will take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab. When you return for your second appointment, your custom mouth guard will be ready. Our dentist will check the fit of your mouth guard to make sure it’s comfortable.
What are the Best Mouth Guards?
While stock and boil-and-bite mouth guards are less expensive, they aren’t as protective. Also, keep in mind that the cost to restore a damaged tooth far exceeds the cost of a custom mouth guard. We recommend you get a custom mouth guard from our dentist. Our Holland, MI dentist is able to make a sports mouth guard that fits the unique shape of your upper teeth.
Do you have braces or another fixed oral appliance? If so, our dentist can create both upper and lower mouth guards. Mouth guards for braces prevent injury from broken wires and brackets.