Dental Mouth Guards
Mouth guards are worn to protect the teeth from injury. There are three types of mouth guards:
- Standard mouth protectors – Can be purchased at sport shops. However, these guards are standard sizes and are not adjustable to fit the individual. This can result in difficulty breathing and talking as well as providing little in the way of protection due to their poor fit.
- Boil and bite mouth protectors – Can also be purchased at many sport shops and offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. The guard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften it, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure.
- Custom-fitted mouth protectors – Are individually designed and made in a professional laboratory based on your dentists instructions to ensure a perfect fit. An impression is made of your teeth and then the guard is moulded over the impression model. This type of mouth guard is more expensive than standard guards due to the individuality and the work involved however due to the custom made nature of the guard, a perfect fit is achieved resulting in added protection for your teeth and an increased level of comfort for the wearer.
Why use a mouth guard when playing sport?
Mouth guards can be used by both adults and children who may be at risk of tooth injury during contact sport such as rugby, boxing, hockey etc. The advantage of using a mouth guard is that it can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue and soft tissues of your mouth. Mouth guards also help you avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage and tooth loss. Mouth guards are a cheaper alternative to re-building broken teeth!