Every year, millions of cases of dental and facial injuries occur as a result of sports-related trauma. While all sports have some risk of oral injury, it is especially prevalent in recreational activities that involve frequent body contact with other players or the ground, as well as the possibility of being struck by other objects such as balls, bats, or sticks.
One way to significantly reduce the risk of damage to your teeth, cheeks, lips, tongue, face, or jaw as a result of a sports-related injury is to wear a mouthguard. A mouthguard is a removable appliance made of sturdy plastic that sits comfortably over your teeth. Typically, mouthguards are designed to cover just the top teeth, but they may also be fabricated to include the lower teeth as well, depending on your particular situation. Individuals who wear braces or have some types of dental work may require a specific type of mouthguard that provides more coverage.
There are three types of sports mouthguards on the market, including pre-formed and ready-to-wear stock mouthguards, boil-and-bite mouthguards, and custom mouthguards fabricated by your dentist. Our office will help you select just the right sports mouthguard to protect your smile. While the first two choices offer some level of protection, the best and most comfortable mouthguards to safeguard your smile are the ones individually designed and customized by your dentist.