With the winter season and contact sports fast approaching it's time to think about protecting your teeth and head during a game. A mouth guard is a flexible custom fitted device worn over teeth during contact sports and recreational activities to help protect them from damage and concussion. A good-fitting mouth guard may be especially important if you wear braces, have fixed anterior bridgework or just want to protect your teeth/smile from potential trauma.
Generally, a mouth guard only covers the upper teeth. However athletes with a protruding lower jaw or those who wear braces or other dental appliances (such as retainers, bridgework or have implants) on their lower jaw may wear a mouth guard over their lower teeth.
There are also bimaxillary mouth guards which combine the upper and lower mouth guards together with an airway in between.
Who Should Wear a Mouth Guard?
It is recommended by the New Zealand Dental council that mouth guards should be worn by people who participate in contact sports such as (but not limited to):
- Martial arts
Advantages of a Mouth Guard
Wearing a mouth guard helps to protect against chipped or broken teeth, root and bone damage, and tooth loss. As well as serious injuries such as jaw fracture, concussion and neck injuries by cushioning blows to the TMJ (lower jaw) and the socket/when the lower jaw is jammed into the upper jaw. By keeping soft tissue in the oral cavity away from the teeth, mouth guards help prevent cutting and bruising of the lips, tongue and cheeks, especially for athletes who wear orthodontic appliances.
The ideal mouth guard:
- Allows speaking and does not limit breathing.
- Stays firmly in place during action.
- Provides a high degree of comfort and fit.
- Is durable and easy to clean.
- Is resilient, tear-resistant, odourless and tasteless.
Mouth guards we offer:
Choices between: single sheet, laminated and triple laminated custom mouthguards in a range of colours.
Custom mouth guards are considered superior to other types due to a greater degree of fit, comfort and protection because they are made from an impression of your own teeth.
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