If you play a contact sport, you risk injuring your teeth. Many sports hold a risk of contact and therefore serious dental injury. The good news is that it can be avoided.
Custom-fitted mouthguards can protect you from some serious sporting injuries, such as broken jaws, fractured, cracked or knocked-out teeth, cut lips and tongues. You don’t just have to be playing obvious contact sports like rugby or hurling. Non-contact sports like basketball, football and skateboarding, can carry a real risk of accidental collision, and resulting dental trauma.
A custom-fitted mouthguard works by absorbing and spreading the impact of the damaging blow. It is fabricated based on an impression of your teeth and jaw taken by us.
A mouthguard that is custom-fitted by us is far superior to an over-the-counter mouthguard because it is specially designed to fit the exact contours of your mouth. It is resilient, balances your bite and allows speech and normal breathing.
If it is properly used, stored, and checked by us every year, it should last several seasons.
In comparison, self-fitted, over-the-counter mouthguards, (boil-and-bite mouthguards) do not protect the teeth, are loosely fitted, impede breathing and speaking, and can even wedge in the back of the throat at impact which could be life-threatening.
Custom-fitted mouthguards, by virtue of their exact fit, let you talk normally, don’t restrict your breathing and stay firmly in place, allowing you to concentrate on playing the sport you love. You should consider it a mandatory part of your sporting equipment, no matter your age or experience.
To keep your mouthguard in tip-top working order, you’ll need to keep it out of the sun, wash it in cold water after use, keep on the supplied plastic model cast and get us to make sure it’s still OK when you go in for your regular check-ups.
Contact us today to have yours’ fitted.