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Are Sports Mouth Guards Right for You?

If you play a sport that requires physical contact or can potentially lead to a facial injury. Then you may want to consider getting an athletic mouth guard to protect your teeth. Especially while participating in your sport or activity. Some of these sports include baseball, football, lacrosse, skiing, hockey, soccer, and even mountain biking. You may be wondering why a mouth guard might be necessary for some of the activities on our list. It’s because, in one way or another, they all carry a risk of damaging or knocking out a tooth or teeth. Activities like gymnastics and skateboarding carry the risk of falling and damaging a tooth that way. Whereas sports like soccer and baseball carry the risk of being hit in the mouth with a ball. Then with more contact-heavy sports like football, boxing, and hockey; You risk being hit by a ball or being knocked by another player. These go for both children and adults playing these sports and activities, there is always a reason to protect your teeth with a mouth guard regardless of age.

Sport mouth guards made just for you

Custom sports mouth guards are usually more comfortable than a stock sports mouthguard you find at your nearby sporting goods store. Plus a custom guard provides the best protection as well since it is made to fit your bite and mouth specifically. There are also boil-and-bite mouth guards where you can boil it in hot water to try to mold the plastic to your bite. While these are lower cost, they are made of a thinner plastic so they do offer less protection than a custom sports mouth guard. With proper care and regular use, your mouthguard can last for about a year. If you’re someone who clenches or grinds their teeth a lot. Then maybe replace your sports mouth guard more frequently to ensure your teeth are best protected. A good rule of thumb to follow when replacing a mouth guard is if you can’t tell when it’s time for a replacement. Then try and replace it after every sports season.

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Kids and teens who are still growing may need theirs replaced a few times a year since their mouths will change as they grow. The right fit for mouth guards is essential for the best protection and comfort.

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A sports mouth guard is typically thicker to protect from potential mouth trauma. It is like taking a baseball to the jaw. The plastic helps distribute the brunt forces you may take to your mouth, that way one single tooth or a few teeth aren’t taking the entire brunt of a hit. It also protects your teeth by cushioning your bite to prevent damage from clenching. Another great benefits of using an athletic mouthpiece are that it protects not only your teeth. Also your lips, tongue, and your jaw. While paying for a mouth guard and regular replacements is not what anyone wants to hear. It is still more inexpensive when compared to the cost of needing an emergency dental visit. Plus, there’s less panic involved with getting replacement mouth guards versus a facial injury resulting in a damaged or knocked-out tooth. Mouthguards also can help prevent more serious injuries like concussions and jaw fractures.

Buying a stock or a boil-and-bite mouth guard may still seem easier than going through the process of having a custom mouth guard made. Although, we promise a custom guard is worth it! It’s also easier than you’ve probably imagined in your mind. If you were to get a custom mouth guard from Changing Smiles. We would start with taking an impression of your mouth. After we take the impression, we will create a custom Play Safe mouthguard to fit your mouth to give you the best protection possible.

If you have braces, it is still highly recommended to wear a mouthguard. As it can protect your lips, cheeks, and tongue from the metal on your braces. On a good note, your braces do give you some protection from potential displacement from the impact of an injury. Your braces protect your teeth, but wearing a mouthguard can help protect your braces. When your braces take the brunt of an impact, they can inflict damage on your brackets. When we create a custom mouthguard for you, we will mold it to fit over your braces and brackets. These are also made to adapt to the changes you’ll experience as your teeth adjust, so they should be comfortable and also protective.

If you play a sport that requires physical contact or can potentially lead to a facial injury, then you may want to consider getting a sports mouth guard to protect your teeth while participating in your sport or activity. Some of these sports include baseball, football, lacrosse, and even mountain biking. You may be wondering why a mouth guard might be necessary for some of the activities on our list, it’s because, in one way or another, they all carry a risk of damaging or knocking out a tooth or teeth. Activities like gymnastics and skateboarding carry the risk of falling and damaging a tooth that way, whereas sports like soccer and baseball carry the risk of being hit in the mouth with a ball. Then with more contact-heavy sports like football, boxing, and hockey; You risk being hit by a ball or being knocked by another player. These go for both children and adults playing these sports and activities, there is always a reason to protect your teeth with a mouth guard regardless of age.

Schedule your appointment today with Joe Rider to get a mouth guard made just for you!