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Athletic Mouthguards

A mouthguard is a protective device worn over the teeth during contact sports to prevent injury. It is recommended by the ADA (American Dental Association) that any athlete participating in sports with potential mouth injury risks should wear one, both during practice sessions and games. Mouthguards primarily shield the upper teeth and are crafted to mitigate the risk of broken teeth.

The choice of mouthguard significantly influences the level of protection afforded during sports activities.

Types of Mouthguards

  • Stock mouthguards: These pre-formed mouthguards are cost-effective and come in standard sizes like small, medium, large, and extra-large. However, they often lack a precise fit as they haven't been customized to the wearer's teeth, resulting in bulkiness and discomfort.
  • Boil and bite mouthguards: These mouthguards are pre-formed but can be softened in hot water and then shaped in the mouth for a more tailored fit. They are available in most sporting goods stores and offer superior comfort compared to stock mouthguards.
  • Custom-made mouthguards: Individually designed and fabricated in a dental office, these mouthguards provide the highest level of comfort and protection. Impressions of the wearer's teeth are taken at the dental office, allowing for a personalized fit.
  • Among the three types, custom-made mouthguards offer optimal comfort and protection, tailored to fit the unique contours of the wearer's mouth.