Sports Mouth Guards are planned to ensure protection for your teeth from damage. If you are an active sportsperson, it becomes necessary to protect yourself from injuries.
Sports mouth guards should be considered a vital part of your athletic kit. They are designed to reduce the risk of injury to our mouth and teeth and should be worn by anyone at risk of incurring an injury.
A sports mouthguard is an appliance designed to be worn over the teeth to protect them from trauma. They usually conceal the upper teeth and help prevent fractures, tooth loss, cuts to your lips and tongue. An individual should not take chances with oral injury as it may take just one accident to cause permanent injury.
An accurately made-up sports mouthguard will cover and protect all of the teeth and has an ample amount of thickness to cushion the jaw in case of an injury. There is plenty of space between the upper and lower teeth so that if someone is hit in an upwards direction, the teeth don’t come together. It also guards the front teeth against frontal blows that can knock the teeth out. The mouthguards can easily stay rooted in place without much movement, and it is also comfortable to wear.
As a first step, the dentist will take a mold of your teeth and mouth and create a customized mouthguard explicitly for you. If you are already wearing braces or a fixed bridge, the dentist will mold your mouthguard around them to achieve an exact fit. For children, the mouthguards will have to be replaced often as they keep growing. The adults should also regularly change their mouthguards as they can become weak due to usage and over time. Hence, replacing the mouthguard on time ensures proper protection.
Stock mouthguard: These mouthguards can be bought from sporting goods stores and are prefabricated and ready to wear. Although they do not cost much, they will not provide excellent fitting and protection.
Boil-and-bite mouth guards: This kind of mouthguard has to be made flexible by placing it in hot water. It can then be placed inside your mouth and pressed onto the molars and front teeth with the help of your fingers. When the mouthguard is in the accurate position, you bite down for about 20 seconds.
Custom-fitted mouthguard: They are more expensive than the other types of mouthguards, but they provide the most significant degree of fit, comfort, and protection because they are made from a cast to specifically fit your teeth.
Call Lanham Smiles family dentistry at (301) 459-0914 or schedule an online appointment to know more about Sports Mouth Guard.