A mouthguard is a plastic mouthpiece designed to absorb and distribute the shock from a blow to the mouth and face, protecting your teeth, jaw, and head. They are particularly important for athletes who play contact sports like football or hockey.
When it comes to sports, it’s usually a good idea to wear a mouthguard to protect your smile from injury. However, even if you play a less physically demanding sport like golf or bowling, it’s still a smart idea to protect your teeth with a mouthguard. Many sports-related injuries happen when impact to the face is forceful enough to cause a tooth to chip or crack. A mouthguard can prevent these injuries to your teeth and allow you to continue playing the sport you love without worrying about your smile. It’s important to note that while many sports stores sell premade mouthguards, a custom-fitted one from a dental office will provide the best fit and comfort.
Mouthguards can also prevent damage unrelated to sports. If you have a tendency to grind or clench your teeth at night, it can cause issues like jaw pain and headaches. Wearing a mouthguard while you sleep can protect your teeth from these potential issues.
You can find a mouthguard to fit any budget, from a simple piece of softened plastic to custom-fitted designs. Stock and boil-and-bite-mouthguards are the least expensive option and usually provide the least protection. If you have braces or another orthodontic appliance, you’ll want to invest in a more expensive sports guard or nightguard to prevent damage to your new smile. Custom-made mouthguards are the most comfortable and protective option. They fit you perfectly to keep your teeth and jaw aligned. They also help you breathe better and improve your athletic performance.
The benefits of a custom mouthguard far outweigh the cost. If you aren’t sure which type of mouthguard is best for you, contact our dentist in Abbotsford.
A mouthguard offers numerous benefits, such as:
To know more about mouthguards, contact Summit Denture Clinic at 130 - 2881 Garden Street, Abbotsford, BC V2T 4X1, or call (604) 776-2881