We all want our teeth to last a lifetime, and wearing mouthguards for sports can provide a level of protection for your teeth. Custom mouthguards are much more effective at protection than those bought in retail channels because they offer a higher level of protection against mouth injuries. With the better fit also comes better comfort. Let’s take a look at the benefits of sports mouthguards and what you can expect when you opt for something custom-made.
The Benefits Of Custom Mouthguards
Mouthguards present a number of benefits for safer sports play:
Wearing custom mouthguards also reduces your chances of having a concussion on the field. It’s recommended for any kind of recreational or professional sport, to prevent injury, during practice and competition. Sports are responsible for a number of preventable injuries every year, and accidents should be considered an inevitable component, which requires good risk management.
A custom mouthguard is created especially for you, and built to fit the size and shape of your mouth and teeth. A close fit to your teeth and gums mean that they can absorb shock better, which gives them a better chance of reducing facial injuries as well as trauma to your teeth.
Getting your children into the habit of wearing mouthguards is good practice for safe sport throughout their lives. Custom mouthguards for sports give them a more comfortable introduction and will make the habit easier to maintain going forward, by creating a positive association.
By wearing sports mouthguards you can protect your teeth from some of the most common sports injuries including
- Fractured teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Knocked out teeth
Damage and injury to the soft tissues in the mouth, especially the tongue which is at risk of damage by your teeth.
Custom mouthguards for sports also allow you to communicate more clearly when wearing them. The custom-fit means it’s easier for you to enunciate words and speak when playing sport.
You can customise mouthguards for sports one step further by choosing a colour that reflects your personal style, or which matches your sports kit. It is also possible to have your name and contact detailed printed onto your mouthguard.
What To Expect When You Are Fitted For Mouthguards For Sports?
In order to get a custom fit for your mouthguard, a cast of your mouth will be taken and an impression is generated. Your mouthguard will be designed based on this to ensure it fits you as well as possible. The length of time it will take to manufacture can be discussed with your practitioner.
You may want to wear a ready-made mouthguard as a temporary solution, if you need to get on the field before your custom mouthguard has been manufactured. It may not be as comfortable, but it could provide a safety net for you, as you wait for your custom sports mouthguards.