At Star City Dental we never get tired of reiterating the importance of mouthguards for anyone who takes part in contact sports, or any other sport that might cause trauma to the mouth. Trauma to the mouth can cause the gums to bleed or get lacerations, and in worst-case scenarios, it could fracture your teeth or cause you to lose one or a couple of teeth.
Mouthguards can help avoid all these problems. Mouthguards are protective devices that are worn over the teeth to protect them against trauma. The mouthguard absorbs the force when you get hit, and protects your teeth from fracturing or chipping.
What Makes up an Effective Mouthguard
There are three different types of mouthguards that you can get. You have to ensure the mouthguard you get is protective enough, regardless of which type it is. The most important aspect of a mouthguard is fitting. A mouthguard that does not fit properly will not offer adequate protection. It may also interfere with your breathing and speech. It is important to ensure the mouthguards feels comfortable in your mouth, and you can speak and breathe normally.
The other issue is durability. The mouthguard has to be tear-resistant and resilient. Nobody wants to spend money on a new mouthguard now and then. Ideally, mouthguards have to be replaced at some point. They are prone to wear and tear, which makes them less effective after they been used for a while. It is advisable that you get your mouthguard replaced when you go for your six-month dental checkup.
Types of Mouthguards
As mentioned earlier, there are three types of mouthguards. These are boil and bite, custom-made, and stock mouthguards. Custom-made mouthguards are the best option because they offer the best fit and offer more comfort. They are usually made at our dental offices specifically for you. Our dentist will take an impression of your teeth and jaw and send it to a laboratory. This procedure ensures you get a precise and perfect-fitting mouthguard.
Boil and bite mouthguards are bought in sports stores or pharmacies. They can be customized to fit on your teeth perfectly by boiling them. You’ll have first to boil the mouthguard in water until it gets soft. Once soft, you bite down into it and allows it to harden and adhere to your teeth. Stock mouthguards are also sold over the counter. These are ready to wear mouthguards, but they rarely fit properly. Many people go for them because they are a cheaper option. You should never compromise on your safety, though. A boil and bite mouthguard is always a much better option if you are concerned about the price.
Get in touch with us by calling Star City Dental at (531) 220-0044. Feel free to ask any questions that you might have concerning mouthguards, dental safety, and dental health in general. Our team of accomplished professionals is always ready and glad to respond to any questions that you may have.