Sports guards are thin and flexible pieces of plastic worn over the upper teeth to protect the teeth, gums and soft tissues of the mouth from impact during sporting activities. According to the American Dental Association, sports guards could help prevent hundreds of thousands of oral injuries every year if properly worn by athletes while playing contact or collision sports.
Custom sports guards offer several benefits over stock or “boil-and-bite” mouth guards available at many sporting goods stores. Individuals, especially children, are more likely to wear a sports guard that fits well in their mouth. An ill-fitting sports guard, like those available at stores, may irritate the soft tissues of the mouth or even impair normal breathing or speech. In addition, custom sports guards are a great option for orthodontic patients since the guard is designed to accommodate the patient’s unique specifications, including braces. Fabricated using strong, high-quality materials, custom sports guards are durable and should last a long time.