Publicado em 06/04/2017
Imagine what it would be like if you suddenly lost one or two of your front teeth. Smiling, talking, eating—everything would suddenly be affected. Knowing how to prevent injuries to your mouth and face is especially important if you participate in organized sports or other recreational activities.
You may have heard of custom made mouthguards but perhaps you are asking yourself ‘what is the difference between that and a shop-bought one’? Your questions answered….+ VER MAIS em Traumatismo Dentários
When Should You Wear a Mouthguard?
When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age.
Protecting Your Braces
A properly fitted mouthguard 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 mouthguard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, which will help you avoid injuries to your gums and cheeks.
Mouthguard Care and Replacement
Ask the dentist about when is the right time to replace your mouthguard, but replace it immediately if it shows sign of wear, is damaged or ill fitting. Teens and children may need to replace their mouthguards more often because their mouths are still growing and changing.
Between games, it’s important to keep your mouthguard clean and dry. Here are some tips for making sure your mouthguard is always ready to go:
Why bother with a custom mouth guard?
These are made by the dentist for you personally. They are individually created for fit and comfort.
The shop-bought mouthguard are one size fits all. If you had a broken arm and your went to the hospital to have it placed in a cast, you would most likely be astounded if the doctor presented you with a cast that someone else had worn prior to you and this would of course, lessen the chances of your broken bone setting back in the correct position. Instead, you are made a custom cast, created from an impression of your arm.
How is my mouth guard made?
Your dentist will make impressions of your teeth in order to get an exact model of your tooth structure. This cast will then be sent off to the dental laboratory where your mouth guard will be made up.
Other benefits of custom mouthguards vs over-the-counter