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Why You Need a Professional Mouthguard for Sport
Playing regular sport is undoubtedly one of the best ways to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle, make new friends and learn new skills! Despite all of the benefits of playing sports, there are also risks involved with some activities, primarily those that involve high contact. These risks can be minimised, though, by being prepared and wearing effective protective equipment.
Sports mouthguards are designed to protect against damage to the teeth, injuries to the lips and other blows to the mouth, and are usually worn on the upper teeth. A sports injury can cause a loss of one or several teeth, chipped or broken teeth, jaw fractures or soft tissue damage inside the mouth, to the gums and lips.
This type of mouthguard an important piece of equipment for anybody playing a contact sport, including football, basketball, baseball, hockey etc.
It is highly recommended to have a mouthguard made while having fixed braces.
When choosing the best sports mouthguards for your needs, there are several options available, both with their own benefits and considerations to keep in mind. Here are some pros and cons of custom made mouthguards versus boil and bite mouthguards:
Custom mouthguards are created by a dentist to be the perfect fit for your mouth by taking an impression of your teeth and making a plaster model to get the shape and size correct for a snug fit.
Pros of custom-made mouthguards
- The custom made mouth guards are more comfortable and provide a better fit
- Provides the best protection
Cons of custom-made mouthguards
- Must be made by a dental professional
- Usually takes a week to have them made
Boil and Bite Mouthguards
Boil and bite mouthguards are over-the-counter mouthguards that you fit yourself by placing in hot water before biting into the mouthguard so it molds to the shape of your teeth and mouth.
Pros of boil and bite mouthguards
- Can be made instantly at home
- Can be purchased at most sporting stores
Cons of boil and bite mouthguards
- If the instructions are not followed correctly, you can end up with a poor fitting mouth guard
- Less comfortable than a custom mouthguard due to poorer fit
- Level of protection is not as good as custom mouthguards
How Much Do Mouthguards Cost?
Most health funds will full or partially cover the cost of a custom made mouthguard at the dentist, every 12 months. Replacement is especially important for children as their mouths continue to grow and change.
To find out more about custom mouthguard prices, give Oasis Dental Studio a call to learn how to get a professional mouthguard made on the Gold Coast.
Based on how soon you need your mouthguard and the quality you desire, you can decide which mouthguard is best for your needs, so you can enjoy all of the benefits your favourite sport has to offer!