With many sports such as basketball, gymnastics, hockey and football, there’s a risk of injury to your teeth and gums. If you or your children play sport, we recommend using a custom-made mouth protector, known as a mouth guard.
Unlike shop-bought mouth guards, a professionally fitted mouth guard will protect your entire mouth as it cushions any blows or falls by distributing the force of the impact. We suggest avoiding non-customised mouth guards as they are generally ill-fitting and offer little protection. Only a dentist can custom-fit a mouth guard to your teeth.
Professionally fitted mouth guards can also help prevent concussions and some incidents of unconsciousness. Jaw fractures and neck injuries can also be reduced because the mouth guard prevents complications arising from the lower jaw jamming into the upper jaw.
A mouth guard also reduces the risk of bruising the cheeks and lips, especially if you wear braces. A properly fitted mouth guard can prevent damage to the brackets of your braces. Although mouth guards typically only cover the upper teeth, we may suggest you use one on the lower teeth if you have braces on these teeth too.