THE FITTING CHOICE: THE IMPORTANCE OF CUSTOM-FITTED MOUTH GUARDS
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There are many good reasons to get a mouth guard, from protecting your teeth while playing sports to preventing teeth grinding while you sleep, and keeping teeth properly aligned.
If you have never used one, you may not realize that using a mouth guard is now quite common. You may want to consider getting one, especially if you are an athlete. You will probably end up needing one in the future, if you don’t already have one.
It is important to note, however, that not all mouth guards are created equal. When choosing which one is right for you, stay informed and make a choice that is not only affordable, but also effective. Buying a cheap mouth guard might save you money now, but it may actually cause more damage to your teeth over time and end up costing far more in dental appointments.
The 3 Different Types of Mouth Guard
1.Stock guards — These are the cheap mouth guards that you will find at your average drug store. They cost very little but are limited in how well they can protect your teeth and are more likely to tear or break during use. As an emergency solution, these are better than nothing, but should not be considered a permanent solution.
2.Boil and bite — Another cost-effective option, these mouth guards do offer more protection, as they closely adhere to your teeth, but they face many of the same limitations as stock guards.
3.Custom-fitted guards — A custom-fitted guard guarantees a certain level of protection for your teeth that the other two simply cannot meet. In a serious sporting accident, that can mean the difference between getting back up and playing again or rushing straight to the dentist for emergency work. This is the most expensive option, but it is also the best one.
The first two options are more prone to damage and tearing over time. As they degrade with months of continued use, plastic particles can sometimes come off in the mouth. Both these and stock guards are also harder to effectively clean, which can promote unhealthy bacterial buildups, which you most certainly do not want to harbour in your mouth.
A Choice that Makes All the Difference
According to the American Dental Association, more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented each year because of mouth guards. By not cutting corners and investing in the mouth guard that guarantees you the best protection for your teeth, you can save yourself time, money and extensive dental work in the days to come.
In the end, it is always best to consult a professional, which is why we recommend visiting Eastgate Dental Centre in Hamilton. One of our highly experienced dental practitioners will be happy to go over your situation and make a recommendation for a custom-fitted mouth guard that fits your needs and situation.
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