Mouth guards help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth .When it comes to protecting your front teeth, a mouth guard is an important piece of athletic gear that should be as a standard equipment. In fact, studies show that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they’re not wearing a mouth guard.
Types of Mouth guard
- Custom-fitted: These are made by your dentist for you personally and because they are customized, usually fit better..
- Stock: These are inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear. Unfortunately, they often don’t fit very well. They can be bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult.
- Boil and bite: These mouth protectors can be bought at many sporting goods stores and drugstores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. They are first softened in water (boiled), then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth.
A properly fitted mouth guard may be especially important for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouth guard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries.
If you have a retainer or other removable appliance, do not wear it during any sports along with mouth guard.