Custom-fitted mouthguards are custom designed for each patient and manufactured in the dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist’s instructions. Your dentist makes an impression of your teeth using a mould, and a mouth guard is then created from that model.
It can be difficult to convince someone, to wear mouth guards. They find them awkward or uncomfortable. But a custom-fitted mouthguard has a comfort level that is dramatically improved. Stock over-the-counter guards are, bulky, cumbersome, and uncomfortable. Also, custom guards can be customised!
If an athlete is concerned about their play, it’s worth noting that research shows that in some cases a custom-fitted guard can improve athletic performance. How? Some evidence shows that mouthpieces can help keep athletes from post-workout levels of high cortisol, which breaks down protein.
And unlike other guards, a custom mouth guard doesn’t move around in the mouth and obstruct breathing. Because athletes can breathe properly and not have oxygen intake impeded by a clunky piece of plastic, they can feel confident in their performance and endurance.
For maximum protection, custom mouth guards are pretty much the only choice. Due to their customised fit for each individual athlete, they offer the best defence against potential injuries to teeth as well as gums and orthodontic hardware.
And when orthodontics are involved, custom guards offer improved protection and prevention against potential oral lacerations caused by the braces themselves.
Cost is an important factor when parents are considering gear, custom mouth guards included. On the other hand, it’s important to consider the potential negative consequences of generic mouth guards.