Imagine waking up tomorrow with your two front teeth permanently gone. You may never have thought about it, but it would affect your life in many ways. Your confidence could wane. You might not smile as much, and eating certain foods could become nearly impossible. The impact that missing teeth can have is rarely considered before it happens.

All mouth guards provide a certain amount of protection. Kingfisher Dentistry would encourage all athletes to explore the option of a custom crafted mouth guard, designed specifically to protect their very own teeth.

What’s the Difference

Most athletes have grown up wearing mouth guards. Most sanctioned sports leagues require some form of protective gear in many sports. So, what’s the big deal about a specialized athletic guard? First, the superior dental protection of a custom fitted athletic guard cannot be matched. The time, trouble and expense of getting a properly fitted one would be made up for instantly in a single accident, but that’s not all.

While one-size-fits-all athletic guards often restrict airways to some extent, custom formed dental athletic guards can actually improve it. Since breathing affects so much of athletic performance, the right athletic guard can make the difference between a good enough athlete and a great one!

There are three basic styles of athletic guards. There are ready made guards that come with many helmets, and are available in any sporting goods department. There are boil and bite guards that are first softened, then fitted to the athletes mouth, which are better. Finally there are custom fitted dental athletic guards.

What to Look For

Unlike one-size-fits-all options, a dentist made athletic guard can be customized not just for the athlete, but the sport as well. Here are some features you should look for in a good mouth guard. It should be resilient and tear resistant. It should be comfortable. It should fit well and be able to hang from a strap that suspends the guard from a helmet, or faceguard while not in play.

Consult with your dentist to make sure a top only guard provides adequate protection for you. For some patients, a bottom guard may also be suggested.