What is a Sports Guard?
A sports guard is designed to protect the teeth, gums and lips against injury. It helps to reduce the forces that cause neck injuries and jaw fractures. It fits exactly onto the teeth, does not move and allow you to breathe freely. One can speak normally after a short time of adaptation.
Why is it required?
Accidents can happen during any physical activity; the advantage of using a sports guard is that it can help limit the risk of mouth related injuries to your lips, tongue and other soft tissues of the mouth. It prevents teeth from chipping and breaking, nerve damage to a tooth, or exfoliation (tooth loss).
Who needs a sports guard (Indications)?
Sports guard can be used by both children and adults who play contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, field hockey etc. However, even those participating in non-contact sports such as gymnastics and other recreational activities like skateboarding, mountain biking that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective sports guard.
How is it made?
An impression of the teeth is made using impression materials and then sent to the lab to get a customized fit. Various options are available for designs and color as per the patients likes.