Protect Your Teeth with Sports Guards

Recently, we have seen an increase in the amount of Americans staying active through exercise and sports. With this uptick in activity, we are also seeing an increase in traumatic injuries to the mouth and teeth during sports and exercise. Sports guards help protect and cushion the teeth and other oral structures from serious injuries. Many sports like football require sports guards for participation. Other sports do not require sports guards but can have a high incidence of oral trauma making one recommended. There are several options for sports guards. Let’s review them:

1) Boil & Bite Sports Guard- These can be purchased at any sporting good store. The plastic is softened with hot water then the patient bites into them, roughly forming the guard around the teeth. Boil & Bite guards are inexpensive but are larger and more bulky than custom fit guards. This makes boil & bite guards uncomfortable which leads to patients not wearing them during activity.

2) Custom Sports Guards- These are made from a custom mold of the patient’s teeth. A custom guard will fit intimately to the patient’s teeth reducing bulk and allowing easier breathing during activity. Custom guards can be made out of various colors and logos and names can be added for that professional look and feel!

3) Under Armour Sports Guards- These are the ultimate in sports guard technology. You may have seen many professional athletes sporting these guards in recent months. These are made by a custom laboratory and can offer protection that other guards can not. Some preliminary studies show that clenching and grinding of teeth during athletic activity causes an increase in cortisol release. Cortisol is a stress hormone that can cause problems in the body like fatigue, weight gain, and depressed immune system. Under Armour has some proprietary studies that show their guards used during various contact and non-contact sports decrease cortisol release. This can lead to an increase in athletic performance, strength, and endurance. There are two different versions of Under Armour sports guards. One fits on the top teeth which is recommended for contact sports such as football and basketball. The other fits on the bottom teeth and is recommended for non-contact sports like golf or weightlifting. We do offer a significant team discount (10 more sports guards) for the Under Armour sports guards.

As you can see, there are several options when it comes to sports guards. If you are interested, please let us know and we can help you choose the right sports guard for you and your activity!