Mouth guards are devices worn over the teeth to protect them from blows to the head and face. Mouth guards are an important part of sports equipment for any participant in a sport involving physical contact and falls. This includes football, basketball, handball, hockey, skating, gymnastics, mountain activities, etc. the result may be hurting the mouth. Mouth guards are generally designed to protect against tooth fractures, cuts lip or other damage in the mouth. If you are using braces or other dental hardware (such as a bridge) in the jaw, the dentist may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth.
What are the different types of mouth guards?
No matter what type of point guard, but must be flexible, durable and comfortable to use
It should also fit properly and not restrict speech or breathing. The types of mouth guards are:
- Case to fit: they design and make in the office to each patient, or a professional dental laboratory. Usually they are more comfortable and better protected. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and then build on the model obtained. Athletes prefer a protective measure because they feel they are best suited and they are more comfortable. However, they are also more expensive.
- Case type modeling: (boil and bite) come already preformed boiled before being used to heat the plastic and finally bite or mold them to suit the user’s mouth. They can be purchased at sporting goods houses and fit better than the so-called joint protectors. Following the instructions to achieve a good adaptation to shield his mouth.
- Mouth guards common: they are inexpensive, and come pre-formed and ready to use. Unfortunately they often do not fit correctly. They may be too bulky and difficult breathing and speech.
How long should a mouth guard?
Ideally replace each sports season because with the passage of time is spent and no longer effective. Replacement is essential in the case of adolescents for the mouth and teeth continue to develop into adulthood. A large number of athletes in different sports mouth guards change their every 6 months when they visit the dentist for regular reviews.