1. In a nutshell what is a sports guard?
A sports guard is a device that is worn over your teeth and gums to protect from any sudden impact or force that can occur when playing sports.
A sports guard is best worn during sports that require physical contact, where objects are used and where the teeth and gums are at risk of being injured.
A sports guard covers the whole mouth including the gums. The guard is often made from a thicker material than a nightguard to withstand any sudden impact. Colour can also be integrated into a sports guard.
2. What are the different types of sports guard?
There are different types of sports guard on the dental market; including those which are not custom made by your dentist. This kind of sports guard is easily accessible to buy however, lacks effectivity in its function and comfortability.
3. The three main types of sport guard:
Custom made: This kind of guard is the most expensive but the most effective in its function. This is because the guard is custom made in a dental laboratory, with the impression of your teeth that will be taken by your dentist. Due to this fit, this guard is the most comfortable to wear and is favoured by athletes.
Boil and Bite: This guard is the second most effective in terms of fit and function. The guard comes already made and can be altered by boiling in hot water and by the patient biting into the material to change the shape to a more suitable fit.
Stock guards: This kind of guard is the least effective. It comes already made and therefore the material may be uncomfortable in the mouth and may make breathing difficult.
4. How long does a sports guard last?
It would depend on how hard you tend to bite on them, we rarely find patients chewing through them. Most would last between 5 and 15 years however, adolescents tend to require a change in their guard due to their mouth still growing and changing.
Sports guards can wear down after a season of playing sports. We would recommend at your 6 months check up you have your sports guard checked by your dentist to assess whether a new one is required.
5. How do I clean my sports guard?
It is important to brush and floss before wearing your sports guard and to not consume sugar whilst wearing it.
Wash your guard as if you were cleaning your own teeth, with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Do this everyday after wearing your guard.
It is important to wash your guard in cold rather than hot water which can damage the material.
6. Why a sports guard at Dental & Skin?
At Dental & Skin we offer a full range of colours and designs, our dentist would discuss options available at your consultation appointment.
Our laboratory understands design requirements and provides a long lasting materials.
We also offer review appointments to all our patients to see how they are getting on and if any adjustments are required.