Custom Made Sports Mouth Guard
Anyone that participates in a contact sport should use a mouth guard. In many competitive sports it is compulsory to have one. Both adults and children can have mouth guards custom made. The difference is that young children tend to need a new one more often as their teeth and jaws are growing and therefore the mouth guard will stop fitting sooner. Also, the force of impact experienced in adult competition tends to be greater and therefore adults will often require thicker more protective materials.
Generic one size fits all mouth guards can be purchased from a local chemist but these tend to be poorly fitting even after heating and moulding to the teeth. They tend to “drop out” of the mouth easily and can be very annoying and actually hinder sporting activity.
Custom made and fitted mouth guards are far superior to generic mouth guards. They afford much greater protection against damage to teeth as they are made from a mould of the person’s teeth and fit perfectly. In addition, they tend to be much more comfortable and they will stay in the mouth during sports activities.
Two appointments are needed to have a mouth guard custom fitted. The first to take the mould of the teeth and the second, typically about one week later, to make sure that the fit is perfect.