Sports mouth guards are a device that is worn typically on the upper teeth that is used to protect both the teeth and other oral structures from blows to the face or head. They are designed to absorb part of the impact during these exchanges, protecting from broken teeth, cut lips, and concussions. At D’Amico and Mauck, we are proud to have been making mouthguards for both the Denver Broncos and Cherry Creek School District for many years. From football to basketball, from hockey to lacrosse; custom fitting mouth guards are an integral piece of equipment for all sports and athletic activities.
There are many different types of mouthguards on the market today. No matter which type you choose, they should be comfortable and not restrict speech or breathing. The materials vary but are often flexible and rubbery. Typically they are replaced after each season as they wear over time. In children, their teeth continue to change as they grow requiring replacement as often as every 6 months. The main categories are:
Custom-fitting Sport Guards – These are made by our dental team and are the most adapted to the form of the teeth and supporting structures. First and impression is taken and they are made using a custom fitting method. These can be also be fitted with team logos, colors, and athlete’s names. Because of their custom fit, most athletes prefer this option.
“Boil and Bite” Sport Guards – These are preformed dental guards that are molded to the teeth by boiling them in water at home and then biting into the warmed plastic material. They are available in most sporting goods stores. They are more bulky than a custom fitting mouth guard, but less bulky than a stock guard.
Stock Sports Guard – These are the least expensive and come pre-made and ready to wear. They are usually ill-fitting and can make speaking and breathing more difficult. However, they are better than not having a guard at all for the protection of the oral environment.
If you or your child is considering playing sports, consult your dentist about the proper use of a sport guard no matter what type you choose. If a blow to the teeth does occur, it is best to check with your dentist to make sure there have been no changes.
If you or your child is in need of a sports mouth guard, give our office a call today!