Protect your smile
Participation in contact sports carries the risk of sustaining some form of dental injury. In children, accidents while playing contact sports accounts for almost 40% of all dental injuries. Boys are more likely to incur injuries than girls with a peak incidence of 8 to 11 years of age. Injuries to the upper incisor teeth are the most common and can result I the permanent tooth being fractured, discoloured or even lost.
Mouth protectors, which typically cover the upper teeth, can cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth. If you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw, we may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well.
What are the advantages of using a mouth protector?
A mouthguard, professionally made by your dentist helps to reduce dental injuries to your teeth and mouth. These mouthguards have the most comfortable secure fit therefore allowing the athelete to breathe and speak easily. They act by absorbing some of the energy from the direct blow at the site and dissipating the remaining energy by cushioning and redistributing the force of the impact. This also reduces the incidence of fractures to the jaws.
A properly fitted mouth protector will stay in place while you are wearing it, making it easy for you to talk and breathe.
Are there different types of mouth protectors?
There are two types of mouth protectors:
Stock mouth protectors are inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear. Unfortunately, they often don’t fit very well. They can be bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult.
Custom-fitted mouth protectors are made by your dentist for you personally. They are more expensive than the other versions, but because they are customized they can offer a better fit than anything you can buy off the shelf.
I wear braces. Can I use a mouth protector?
A properly fitted mouth protector may be especially important for people who wear braces or have advance cosmetic work in place. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouth protector also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries.
We can advise on the selection of a mouth protectors that will provide the best protection. Although mouth protectors typically only cover the upper teeth, your dentist or orthodontist may suggest that you use a mouth protector on the lower teeth if you have braces on these teeth too. If you have a retainer or other removable appliance, do not wear it during any contact sports.