Here at South Austin Dental, we will be more than happy to help you with sports mouthguards. While regularly engaging in athletic activity has great health benefits, it can also pose several risks. High impact sports, in particular, pose the risk of damaging teeth, producing facial lacerations and causing bone damage. One of the ways athletes protect themselves is by using mouthguards. Our mouthguards are made specifically to help athletes prevent or at least reduce teeth and bone injury.
They are made to perfectly fit the maxillary bone and thus protect athletes in a wide variety of contact sports. They protect the mouth, helping distribute the pressure of shocks and hits equally throughout the maxillary. Our mouthguards also often contain an orifice through which the athlete can breathe and are made to fit the mouth and teeth comfortably.
Mouthguards come in multiple variants and are made from different materials. An important difference is between stock mouthguards and mouthguards which are fit by first boiling and then biting to ensure a perfect fit. Custom made mouthguards are more expensive and require additional expertise, but can also provide better results and protection, being ideal for performance athletes.
Stock mouthguards are cheaper and can be made from materials such as rubber or silicone. Boil-and-bite mouthguards cost more but are also made from higher quality materials and provide the wearer with more comfort and protection. They are often made from EVA, which is a thermosensitive plastic that adapts to fit the wearer’s mouth.
Our team will be happy to advise on different types of mouthguards and which are best suited to you.
Besides stock mouthguards and boil-and-bite mouthguards, sports mouthguards can also be completely custom-made by our experienced team. These can have either a single thermoplastic layer or multiple layers in pressure-laminated mouthguards. These are the highest quality mouthguards available on the market and are ideal for performance athletes who require the very best. Unlike boil-and-bite mouthguards, these are also fairly thin and cause a little discomfort, enabling the athlete to move freely, without having to worry about dentition.
Another advantage provided by custom-made mouthguards is that they can be adapted to the player’s characteristics and to the sport they are playing. For instance, while some sports such as football or basketball predispose the player to front teeth injury, others like skiing pose more risks to the occlusal area. Mouthguards are thus ideally tailored and adapted to the specific player and sport they are playing.
Furthermore, there is evidence that mouthguards do not only protect teeth but can also protect from head injury, for instance by reducing the incidence of concussions. Studies show that through the use of mouthguards, impact energy is better distributed, resulting in fewer injuries and bone fractures. Such a study in 2014 has shown players that do not use mouthguards to have as much as 100% higher risk of sustaining concussion injury.
If you would like to know more about sports mouthguards, then contact us at South Austin Dental at (512) 441-8922 today.