“The Academy for Sports Dentistry recommends the use of a properly fitted mouthguard. It encourages the use of a custom fabricated mouthguard made over a dental cast and delivered under the supervision of a dentist.”
Without a mouthguard, you risk far more than just chipping a tooth. You could damage…
- Gum tissue
- Supporting bone structure
Not only do you need a mouthguard, but you need your own mouthguard, custom made by your dentist. Here are just a few of the benefits to a custom mouthguard made to fit your teeth and ONLY YOUR TEETH:
- The fit is precise, with very little distortion, and also covers teeth at the back of your mouth.
- Custom mouthguards have the greatest durability and allow you to sustain the hardest impacts with lower risk of damage, and they’ll be the most comfortable for you.
- Your mouthguard will fit snugly, protecting your teeth, gum tissue and supporting bone, and won’t fall out.
- Your dentist can ensure that your mouthguard is the correct thickness, unlike “boil-and-bite” products off the shelf.
- There is almost no interference with speech or breathing.
Don’t want to bother with a custom mouthguard? Think about the drawbacks of off-the-shelf mouthguards before finalizing your decision:
- The fit is not exact and not as comfortable.
- The material used is normally thinner than is recommended to provide the best protection.
- Off-the-shelf products offer minimal protection for the gums and supporting bone.
- They often fall out and can become lodged in your throat.
- Non-custom products are less durable.
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