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Sports mouthguards are increasingly utilized in a variety of sports, and required for many, due to the protection they provide against a variety of injuries to the face and teeth. While a mouthguard can be one of the smallest pieces of equipment in an athlete‚Äôs bag, it‚Äôs a critical piece of gear that can help prevent painful injuries and expensive dental and orthodontic work.
The most important aspect of any mouthguard is the protection it provides. Athletes who don‚Äôt wear mouthguards are 2 times as likely to sustain an oral or dental injury, and treatments of those injuries can cost upward of $15,000! The National Federation of State High School Associations, requires a mouthguard for Football, Ice Hockey, Wrestling, Field Hockey and Lacrosse. However, many youth sports including basketball, also strongly recommend usage of a mouthguard.
The best mouthguards provide a warranty for injuries that occur while using their mouthguard. Make sure yours has one, or you may be paying for that dental work on your own!
Most mouthguards come in two varieties of fit: traditional Boil and Bite or Instant Fit:
While not every contact sport requires mouthguards, it‚Äôs proven that mouthguards reduce instances of tooth damage or loss, so we recommend that you use a mouthguard for any contact sport. Here‚Äôs some recommendations by sport:
Orthodontic work is not cheap and you‚Äôll want to ensure you protect your investment in those pearly whites with a braces mouthguard. Mouthguards for braces come in several different styles that can protect the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both for maximum protection. They protect not only damage to your teeth, but also provide protection from lacerations to the inner mouth from brace brackets.
Make sure you use one specifically designed for braces, or at least an instant fit mouthguard, as some traditional boil and bite mouthguards will not work with braces. The best braces mouthguards will accommodate changes in mouth structure as teeth adjust due to the braces.
While there are many varieties of mouthguards on the market, the best protection you can buy comes in the form of a custom mouthguard specifically molded to your teeth shape by a certified dentist. They are offered in several different styles including All-Sport and High-Impact to provide the appropriate level of protection based on your need.
When buying a custom mouthguard, you‚Äôll first receive a molding kit to get an impression of your teeth shape. Once you‚Äôve molded the impression, it will be sent to the dentist‚Äôs lab where the dentist will custom craft the mouthguard to your exact tooth shape. Last, you‚Äôll receive the final custom shaped mouthguard. The process takes some time, but the investment is well worth it to have a custom crafted piece of protection for your teeth. Not to mention you can customize the colors to your liking, add text like your name or team name, and even add eye catching prints like Fangs or a USA Flag.
Mouthguards are small pieces of equipment, and easy to lose in a crowded gear bag full of pads, helmets, gloves, jerseys and pants. A mouthguard case helps for two reasons: First, it will help keep your mouthguard clean of dirt, grass, sweat, and bacteria. Second, you‚Äôll probably be less likely to lose your mouthguard when utilizing the case, as the best mouthguard cases come with a carabiner attachment to hook and store in a safe spot.
When choosing a mouthguard, consider the following before you buy: