Sports mouthguards are essential for any athlete who engages in contact or impact sports. Such sports could easily cause injuries to the mouth. The mouthguards are designed to protect your teeth and mouth in general. At Jeanette Thai, DDS we will examine your mouth and explore the kind of sporting activity you are involved in, to get you the best mouthguard possible.
Sports such as baseball, hockey, football, soccer, boxing, and many more can easily result in mouth injuries. Mouthguards will cover your upper teeth, which are always the first to take impact when you get hit. You will require a mouthguard while participating in most sports if you wear crowns, bridges, and other kinds of dental implants.
Type of Mouthguards
There are many types of mouthguards available in stores. However, for a mouthguard to be effective, it needs to fit properly. You will also need a mouthguard that is comfortable to wear especially while involved in sports. The cost of the mouthguards is always a determining factor as well. Below are the major categories of mouthguards that you can choose from.
Stock mouthguards are the least expensive mouthguards you can get, but they come with their fair share of shortcomings. You can just buy these from a store, but they usually don’t fit perfectly and will not feel very comfy. Some can be quite bulky and may make breathing or talking difficult as well.
They are better than having none, however. You’d rather have these on the pitch than have nothing at all. They will still protect your mouth and teeth in case you get hit.
Boil and Bite Mouthguards
These are also pre-formed mouthguards, but they fit better and feel comfier than stock mouthguards. They are made of a plastic material that softens when boiled in water. You boil them until soft, then bite into them. The soft plastic will stick onto your teeth perfectly and harden. You can also buy these at any sports store.
Custom-made mouthguards should be your go-to solution if you are looking for perfect mouthguards. These mouthguards are specially designed for you after a careful examination of your dental structure. They provide ample protection and are quite comfortable to wear.
You can visit us, and we will take an impression of your dental structure if needed. A customized mouthguard will be made using your dental structure to ensure it fits perfectly and feels comfortable. It might cost a little bit more than buying mouthguards from stores, but it is worth every single penny.
You need to take proper care of mouthguards to ensure they last longer. It is recommended that you have a new mouthguard for the start of each season if you are a professional sportsman as mouthguards tend to wear over time. Having a mouthguard is not a ticket for being reckless either. You need to avoid getting hit on the mouth as much as possible. Call Jeanette Thai, DDS at (949) 317-4884, and you will get assistance on any concern you have about custom mouthguards.