Tooth fractures and having a tooth knocked out are two of the more common dental emergencies. It’s estimated that each year over 20,000 teeth are knocked out due to contact sports.
Many athletes find that off-the-shelf mouth guards are uncomfortable. This is even more common for athletes with braces. As a result, they tend to wear them less often or they might not use one at all.
The American Dental Association recommends that athletes participating in contact sports be fitted for a custom mouth guard.
There are two types of custom mouth guards for you to choose from.
Vacuum-fitted mouth guards use a malleable thermoplastic material that conforms to your teeth. The mouth guard is then trimmed and polished for comfort. These mouth guards tend to last around a year.
Pressure laminated mouth guards are a relatively newer product. These pieces are molded using multiple layers. Many athletes prefer them over vacuum molded mouth guards for fit and comfort. Pressure-laminated pieces have an average lifespan of around 2 years.
Your dentist can help you decide what type of mouth guard is right for you.
If you have any questions about custom mouth guards or if you would like to be fitted for one, please feel free to call us at 610-363-6181 to schedule an appointment.