Impact to your face or mouth during sports or recreational activities can crack/break teeth, dislodge teeth completely or even fracture the jawbones.
Mouth guards prevent traumatic dental injuries by absorbing the shock and dissipating it. Mouth guards should be considered an essential piece of athletic equipment especially for high impact contact sports. These include Rugby, Basketball, MMA, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Judo etc.
When accidents happen and there is severe trauma to teeth, it can be very expensive and uncomfortable to treat. Whilst personal accident insurance plans can be activated to defray the high cost of rehabilitation in such cases, prevention by wearing a mouthguard is much better than a cure.
Types of Mouth Guards
These come pre-formed and ready to wear. These guards often do not fit well and can feel bulky in the mouth, making breathing and speaking difficult. Poorly-fitting mouthguards are less effective at absorbing impact forces and preventing injury.
Boil and Bite
These are readily available in sports equipment stores or drugstores and fit slightly better than stock guards. This type of mouthguard is softened in boiling water for a few minutes and then moulded over the teeth. The comfort level is similar to stock guards.
Custom-fitted, professionally made
These are made by our dental team from a precise mould or 3D computer scan of your teeth to fit your teeth exactly. They can be a bit more expensive, but offer the best fit and highest level of protection. Some types can even enhance your athletic performance by stabilising your core muscles as you clench down on the guard during moments of strain.
These professional mouthguards can also be customised with your name, jersey colour or even your sports team logo!