Sports Mouth Guards
The experts at Kevin Nail, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry understand that certain sports can cause trauma to the mouth, causing lacerations and bleeding, and also fracture or dislodge your teeth. That is the reason why they recommend sports mouth guards for people who play such sports.
Sports mouth guards, also known as mouth protectors or sports guards, are devices that players wear over their teeth to protect them from possible dental traumas. These devices are very important for people participating in sports that involve body contact, flying equipment, or falls. Some of the games include basketball, baseball, football, gymnastics, and mountain biking.
Typically, sports mouth guards are designed to cover your upper teeth and can protect you against cut lips, broken teeth, and other damage. Patients with braces or other types of fixed dental appliances like dental bridges on their lower jaw should visit our office for a consultation before getting a mouth guard.
Types of Sports Mouth Guards
When selecting a mouth guard, it should be tear-resistant, comfortable, and resilient. The mouth guard should fit well and not affect your breathing or speech. Here are three types of mouth guard options:
Stock Mouth Guards
Stock mouth guards are not expensive, and they usually come pre-formed. This means that they are ready to be worn immediately. However, many patients do complain that these mouth guards do not fit well. They tend to be bulky and can make talking and breathing a challenge.
Boil-And-Bite Mouth Guards
These sports mouth guards have an already pre-formed shape, and you change it by boiling it in water and then biting it. This helps in giving your mouth guard a customized fitting. Although a better option than stock mouth guards, we do not highly recommend this option, as they are not durable. If you do decide to go with boil-and-bite mouth guards, make sure that you carefully follow the instructions to avoid damaging them and encourage a better fit.
Custom-Made Mouth Guards
At our office, we design customized mouth guards to correctly fit your mouth. As a result, custom-made mouth guards are bound to offer the best protection, as well as the most comfortable fitting. When you visit our office and choose this option, one of our professionals will take an impression of your teeth, which he or she shall use to create a mouth guard. Since customized mouth guards feel and fit better, most people prefer them to the other two types. Though these mouth guards can be expensive, their longevity ensures the best value for money.
How Long Do Mouth Guards Last?
You should replace your mouth guard each season since it can become worn down with time, which reduces its effectiveness. This replacement is essential for adolescents since their mouths are continually growing and their teeth are developing. Therefore, you should make sure that you visit our offices at least once in every six months to get a new replacement for your mouth guard that conforms to your most current dental formula.
Contact our experienced professionals here at Kevin Nail, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (281) 550-9054 for more information about sports mouth guards. Our experts will be more than willing to assist you in getting a mouth guard that will offer your teeth the best protection as you play.