Mouthguards in Whitby, ON
A mouthguard is an oral device worn over the teeth and gums to protect against injuries during sports. Mouthguards can also be worn during sleep as a measure against tooth grinding or bruxism. Night mouthguards are similar in structure and form to sports mouthguards. However, they’re made from a lighter material as they don’t have to absorb any shock or impact, as is the case with sports mouthguards.
At DSV Dental-Brooklin Village, we encourage all athletes participating in contact sports or sports activities that involve falling or flying equipment to wear mouthguards. To get your custom mouthguards in Whitby, ON, please call DSV Dental-Brooklin Village to book a consultation with our dentist near you.
Types of Mouthguards
Mouthguards near you come in three main categories: stock mouthguards, boil and bite mouthguards, and custom mouthguards.
Stock mouthguards come in limited sizes and are readily available at your local drugstore, sporting goods store, or department store. While they tend to be cheap, they’re also bulky and usually uncomfortable. In addition, their limited sizes mean that you might not get one that fits you well, resulting in a bad fit.
Boil and Bite Mouthguards
Boil and bite mouthguards allow some form of customization. To use a boil and bite mouthguard, you’ll need to put it in hot water first to soften the plastic material. After that, you can mould or shape it over your teeth and gums for the desired fit. As such, boil and bite mouthguards are a step ahead of stock mouthguards but not as superior as custom mouthguards.
Custom mouthguards offer ultimate protection. These are made from your dental impressions and provide an excellent fit. For enhanced comfort and superior protection, we recommend getting your custom mouthguards from DSV Dental-Brooklin Village.
Getting Your Custom Mouthguard
You can get your custom mouthguard in as few as two visits. On the first visit, the dentist examines your teeth and takes your dental impressions. These impressions are shared with the dental lab team, which creates your custom mouthguard from strong, flexible, and well-fitting material. On your second visit, the dentist shows you how to use the mouthguard and advises you on how to care for your oral device.
Custom mouthguards have a better lifespan than stock and boil and bite mouthguards.
Are you a professional athlete, a sports hobbyist, or struggling with bruxism? If you’d like to get a custom mouthguard carefully crafted to provide excellent fit and protection, reach out to Dr. Sohela Vaid today.
Children or adults who play sports need to wear a mouthguard. This includes contact sports (hockey, football, rugby, boxing), non contact sports (baseball, softball, soccer) or recreational activity (skateboarding, mountain biking). A mouthguard helps reduce the risk of chipping or breaking teeth during these activities.
Mouthguards become less effective when they loose their thickness. They need to replaced every six months or at the end of each sports season.
Mouthguards do not extend too far back as they can trigger the gag reflex. They are made so that they are comfortable while playing sports and will usually end between the first and second molars.
Mouthguards, also known as mouth protectors, help prevent common traumatic dental injuries caused by being hit in the mouth by a puck, stick or a ball. These injuries include broken, loose or knocked out teeth. Wearing a mouthguard significantly reduces the incidence and severity of sports related traumatic dental injuries.