All About Sports Guards
Sports guards offer more than just tooth protection. They provide a shield for braces and fixed dental appliances, such as bridges and dental implants, and also safeguard the inside of your cheeks and lips in case of accidents involving your braces. For individuals engaging in activities and sports that involve falls, physical contact, or flying equipment, investing in a sports guard is a prudent decision. While any sports guard is beneficial, one that is custom-made by your dental team specifically for your mouth and teeth is unmatched in terms of effectiveness and comfort. Dr. Hartman is passionate about providing affordable occlusal guards because he is a huge believer in them for both his TMJ patients and for overall teeth health.
So what are your options?
Stock Sports Guards
These come pre-formed and ready to wear and are available where sporting goods are sold. They often don’t fit very well, can feel bulky in your mouth and make breathing or talking difficult. Athletes often find themselves distracted by this appliance, and take it out or play with it while the game is on.
Boil & Bite Sports Guards
These come in a kit with instructions. You boil the blank guard in water and then bite into the plastic to form the guard to your teeth. These are also available where sporting goods are sold and offer a better fit than stock guards, but this method isn’t for everyone. If your boil & bite guard is uncomfortable, bulky or makes it difficult to breathe or talk, consider a custom guard.
Custom-Made Mouth Guards
Are you surprised this is our favorite? Well with good reason! There is no substitute for an individualized, custom-made mouthguard. A sports guard made by us will offer the best protection and be the most comfortable. And in the unlikely event that it’s not comfortable? We are right here to make the adjustments and you can hold us accountable.
The Cost Of A Custom Sports Guard In St. Paul
The cost for a custom sports guard can vary widely and it depends on the patient. The price range of a custom mouth guard can be between $150 and $350 and even higher.
So why does the cost of a custom mouthguard vary? There are two major factors:
The two major factors that contribute to the cost are the material used and the complexity of the design.
- Material: Custom mouth guards can be made from a variety of materials, such as acrylic, rubber, and laminated plastic. Some materials are more expensive than others, and this will affect the overall cost of the mouthguard.
- Complexity of design: The more complex the design of a mouthguard, the more time and skill it will take to create it. This can affect the cost because dental professionals may charge more for their time and expertise.
Other factors such as the location of the practice, insurance coverage, and the experience of the dental professional can also influence the cost. It is important to note that it is not possible for any dental practice to provide an accurate quote over the phone. Your needs are as unique as your smile, so it is essential to speak with a dentist and have an oral exam done to discover all your treatment options and receive an accurate quote.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. Though mouthguards and nightguards are both snuggly fitted to your teeth, they’re designed to perform different functions for your teeth and jaw. Sports guards are focused on protecting your mouth from impact, and night guards are focused on your bite and the position of your teeth and jaw.
A sports guard, mouth guard, and mouth protector all refer to the same device worn during sports or physical activities to protect the teeth and jaw. A night guard is worn during sleep to protect teeth from grinding. All are custom fit for a comfortable and secure fit.
The lifespan of a sports guard can vary, but on average it lasts about one year. It can last longer if made from durable material, cleaned after each use, and stored properly. It’s important to check the condition of the guard periodically and replace it if showing signs of wear and tear, and also recommended to have it checked by a dental professional annually.
A properly fitting sports guard is essential for protecting your teeth and jaw during sports or physical activities. To ensure a good fit, pay attention to comfort, movement, fit, bite, and protection. It should be comfortable to wear, should not impede speech or breathing, fit snugly and not fall out, allow normal biting, and protect all upper teeth and gums. Have it checked by a dentist regularly and replace it when needed.
Sports guards are typically worn during sports or physical activities that pose a potential risk of contact or collision to the face or jaw. Examples of sports that commonly require sports guards include football, hockey, basketball, boxing, lacrosse, martial arts, and skateboarding. However, this list is not exhaustive. It is advisable to use a sports guard for any sport or activity that carries a risk of facial or jaw impact, regardless of whether it is mentioned here.
Yes, you can wear a sports guard while you have braces. It is actually recommended, as it protects your braces and teeth (not to mention, your cheeks and lips) from injury during sports or physical activities. A custom-fit sports guard can be made to accommodate your braces. However, it’s important to consult with your orthodontist before getting a sports guard to make sure that it will not interfere with your braces treatment.