Accidents are unavoidable when participating in any sport. One of the most common sports injuries occurs in the skull, and it is not uncommon for certain athletes to lose their teeth as a result of their injuries. Boxing, soccer, basketball, and other contact sports are examples of this. When you're a regular or professional athlete, it's important to have protective measures in place to ensure that you don't shatter your teeth while doing what you enjoy. Our specialists at Cornell Dental can help you figure out which option is best for you and assure your safety on the field.
What Exactly is a Mouth Guard and What Are Some of the Benefits?
You may be wondering what a mouth guard is and why it is so important if you want to participate in a physical sport. Mouth guards are dental appliances that protect your teeth and gums from injury. A mouth guard shields your teeth and, as a result, safeguards your gums, cheeks, tongue, and teeth from harm.
Choosing Your Preferred Mouth Guard
Athletes can usually choose from three different styles of mouth guards. The dentist can help you make the right decisions and choose the right mouth guard. In any case, a mouth guard should be comfortable to wear, tear-resistant, and durable. It shouldn't get in the way of your breathing or speaking.
Custom-Made Mouth guards
The first type is custom-made mouth guards, which are produced just for you. They're made right away in a dentist's office or a professional dental center. An image of your teeth will be taken at the clinic, and your mouth guard will be made over a replica of your teeth by the dentist. Because they are made from your dental impressions, they fit perfectly.
Boil and Bite Mouth Guards
Mouth guards that boil and bite are another option for your oral requirements. This type of mouth guard comes in a premade shape that can be altered to meet the needs of the patient. After heating the mouth guard in water, you will bite into the warmed plastic for a custom fit.
Stock Mouth Guards
The third category is stock mouth guards. They are ready-made, and all you have to do is put them on. However, because they are not custom made, they are often bulky and do not fit properly.
Change Your Mouth Guard Regularly
Mouth guards that have been worn down over time may become less effective. As a result, it is recommended that you visit the dentist at least once after the sports season to have your mouth guards replaced. Adolescents' mouths are developing, thus it's important to change them on a frequent basis.
Get a Sports Mouth Guard for Maximum Protection!
Mouth guards are essential protective equipment for athletes, especially those who participate in contact sports. You can schedule an appointment with Cornell Dental for a consultation and to select the best mouth guard for your needs. You may contact us at (971) 397-6196 or book an appointment at our offices if you require extra information and specifics about mouth guards.