Whether you play a high contact or low contact sport, a mouthguard can protect you from serious injuries such as broken jaws, broken, cracked, fractured or knocked-out teeth, and cut tongues.
Mouthguards can also help with clenching upon lifting heavy objects such as when weight lifting.
However, it’s a custom-fitted mouthguard that will give you the best protection. Only dental professionals can design and make a custom-fitted mouthguard.
Why wear a custom-fitted mouthguard instead of an over-the-counter one?
A custom-fitted mouthguard is designed to fit the exact contours of your mouth, allowing normal speech, breathing, comfort and stays firmly in place. Over-the-counter mouthguards, commonly also known as boil-and-bite mouthguards, shouldn’t be used as they can move around and potentially cause serious injury upon impact such as becoming wedged in the back of the throat and be life threatening. They also restrict breathing and speaking.
How does a mouthguard work?
A custom-fitted mouthguard is made by taking an impression of your teeth and jaw. It fits exactly and works by absorbing and spreading the impact of a damaging blow.
Your mouthgaurd should be kept out of the sun, washed in cold water after use and checked by your dental professional at every check up for an adult. For Children, as their teeth move, their mouthguards should be checked more often.
Don’t risk serious dental injury and a lifetime of expense, invest in a custom-fitted mouthguard.