A mouthguard is a lot like an airbag in that it absorbs the shock of any impact and diffuses the pressure into the guard rather than into your jaws and teeth. Using a mouthguard can drastically reduce the occurrence of an injury, such as a concussion or a tooth being knocked out.
To help protect against concussion and trauma, your best option is a custom fitted mouthguard. Studies have shown that they custom fitted mouthguard can increase protection from concussions by more than 50%. A custom fitted mouthguard is created to snugly fit over your teeth and into your mouth. These can be very low profile, meaning you can speak and breathe easier while using it. When you have a mouthguard that fits great, you are less likely to take it out. These mouthguards are able to be customized with the color of your choice, can be easily disinfected, and are very durable.
If you’re looking to purchase a custom fitted mouthguard, be prepared to spend around $300. This factor keeps a lot of people from purchasing a custom fitted mouthguard. Once you have tried one, though, you will never go back to any other mouthguard.
A custom fitted mouthguard has to be created by your dentist since they have to create a mold of your mouth. There are many ways to make your custom mouthguard unique, such as custom colors and logos. Almost all dentists offer custom fitted mouthguards to help keep your jaw and teeth protected.
Even if you cannot afford a custom fitted mouthguard, it is important for you to have some form of mouthguard to protect you. Having a dental injury such as a concussion, broken tooth, or damage to your TMJ joint will not only have a significant impact on your teeth, but on your entire body and health. Take the time to keep yourself protected, or your loved one, to make sure you have the best chance of keeping a lifelong healthy smile.