In fact dental injuries are even more common in non-contact sports. Baseball, basketball, and soccer often cause more injuries then football and hockey. Repairing broken and knocked out teeth can be expensive. A simple mouth guard can save you a lot of money on dental work. But to get the best protection you need to get the right kind.
A stock mouth guard is just a piece of plastic that you get from a common sporting goods store. These mouth guards are made in only a few sizes so they often don’t fit well.
They can also cause even more problems then they prevent. A loose mouth guard forces the wearer to bite down to keep it in place. This can cause jaw problems. Plus an ill fitting mouth guard does not allow the wearer to speak around it.
Boil and Bite
These mouth guards are common. They are better then a stock mouth guard because they can be made to form to the wearers mouth. These guards are made of a special plastic that softens when it is boiled.
When the wearer bites down on it it cools to fit the shape of their teeth. Even though they are better then stock mouth guards they are still not the best option. They are clunky and uncomfortable and many athletes trim them to make them more comfortable. Of course this severely limits the functionality of the mouth guard.
This type of guard has to be professionally made. To get one, a dentist makes an impression of the wearers teeth which is turned into a mold. A special vacuum is then used to form a high quality plastic around the mold. Because of this process, this type of mouth guard fits much better then any of the previous two versions.
Pressure laminated mouth guards are the best available. They are fitted like a vacuum guard but they are made by a different process that makes them extremly durable.
They are made from multiple layers of high quality plastic that are fused together under high pressure and heat. This type of guard will give the best protection and comfort.
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