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 mouthguards are uncomfortable. This is even more common for athletes with braces. As a result they tend to wear them less often or might opt not to 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 mouthguards for you to choose from.
Vacuum fitted mouth guards use a malleable thermoplastic material to conform to your teeth. The mouth guard is then trimmed and polished for comfort. These mouth guards tend to last around a year.
Pressure laminated mouthguards 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 mouthguard is right for you.
If you have any questions about custom mouth guards or you would like to be fitted for one, please feel free to call us at 860-346-6872 to schedule an appointment.