What are the types of mouthgaurds?
Why do you need a mouthguard?
What is a custom fit mouthguard?
Why Do You Need a Custom Fit True Mouthguard?
Sports-related craniofacial injuries account for 600,000 emergency room visits each year!
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention,
Three categories of mouthguards:
Custom mouthguards are made by a dentist or a dental lab. The process involves making a custom mold of an athlete’s teeth from which a dental lab creates a custom mouthguard with a tight and comfortable fit. Custom mouthguards have the most perfect fit which makes it easier to keep them in place to provide optimum protection and improve performance. Multi-layers of mouthguard material directly over a model of the athletes teeth using high heat and pressure, provide the best overall fit and protection. True Mouthguards are custom fit.
Self-fit (boil-and-bite) mouthguards offer some protection at a low cost. Unfortunately, they are usually uncomfortable to wear and may make breathing and speaking difficult. Stock- are preformed and loose.
Stock-Often used with braces to protect and allow for tooth movement.
True Mouthguards Aid Performance
About 5 million US youths lose teeth each year while playing sports
PROTECT YOUR MOUTH
In the United States, 50 million children participate in organized sports. Of those, there is a 10% chance each season for an injury to the face or mouth. With more than 5 million teeth being lost each year to such injuries, mouthguards are becoming more popular and required in many sports. More than 200,000 facial injuries are prevented annually with the use of mouthguards.
The use of mouthguards has been mandated for youth and high school football, lacrosse and ice hockey since the 1970's. Fortunately this has led to a decline in the number of dental and jaw injuries for these sports. However, recent studies show that the majority of mouth injuries occur in limited contact sports, such as baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, softball, and gymnastics. Injuries to the mouth and jaw, such as broken, cracked and lost teeth, jaw and joint fractures are PAINFUL and HARD to treat. Custom-fit sports mouthguards help protect your teeth, gums, tongue, and lips. Even though they are not yet required for all sports, mouthguards are recommended by the Massachusetts Dental Society, the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Dental Association. In fact, the American Dental Assocation (ADA) recommends wearing mouthguards for 29 sports!
Don't wait for the mandate. Your mouth you make the call.
Braces and Custom-Fit Mouthguards
If you have braces, there are different rules to follow while selecting a mouthguard. A custom-fit mouthguard or an orthodontic-mouthguard will provide you with the appropriate protection. Never use a self-fit “boil-and-bite” mouthguard as that will prevent your teeth from moving.
Our Orthodontic style is a preformed mouthguard which allows teeth to move freely. It also stays in better then most orthodontic mouthguards.
Our custom-fit True Mouthguards are specifically crafted to allow for tooth movement recommended only for the final stages of orthodontic treatment. A custom-fit mouthguard is not recommended for braces with mixed baby and adult teeth, or braces with spaces for erupting teeth. For additional information, please contact customer service.