Do you play a sport? Or perhaps, you’re a notorious teeth grinder at night? Your dentist could recommend using a mouthguard to prevent damage to your teeth and protect your overall oral health. However, with so many misconceptions about mouthguards, it’s easy to turn down the idea.
Before you do so, here are some common myths about mouthguards you should know about!
It’s Only for Contact Sports
Did you know that soccer and basketball are two sports that get the most oral-facial injuries, yet body contact is illegal in any of these sports?
Contact to the face and mouth isn’t the only way you could damage your teeth, but other body parts such as knees, elbows, hands, and feet go flying in all sports that can cause serious damage.
With a mouthguard, you get to protect yourself from upper and lower jaw collisions.
It Has to Cover All Molars
Ultimately, the mouthguard needs to have a thicker material in the impact zones. The impact zones are the areas in front of the teeth and under the molars.
On the other hand, a mouthguard also has thinner or no material in areas where protection isn’t needed, which is behind the back of the front teeth and the roof of the mouth.
Keep in mind that if a mouthguard covers all your molars, it’s going to make you gag. Therefore, you need to choose a material that is clear of your gag reflex, which means covering up to one and a half molars for proper protection.
Custom Means Mouthguard Personalisation
This is true—in a way. You can get a custom mouthguard in which you can personalise it with your name, log or team colour, but that’s all there is to it.
However, the truth about the word custom in mouthguards is about the impression or scan used to create the mouthguard. It’s the only way to make a mouthguard fit your unique mouth structure, and other methods to custom fit your mouthguard isn’t true.
You Can’t Use it With Braces
False. You can use a custom mouthguard even if you have braces. A custom mouthguard, as mentioned, is built specifically to your needs. Therefore, if you have braces, a mouthguard will be designed to accommodate another appliance in your mouth. It is also an excellent choice to protect your braces, especially when you play sports.
Technicians can make adjustments and create channels to ensure there is space for your braces and treatment, based on your specific needs.
So, before you skip the mouthguard, think about the damage a sport can do to your teeth should you get in an unfortunate accident that involves your mouth. Now that we have debunked these mouthguard myths, it’s time you get fitted for the right mouthguard.
Get Your Mouthguard Today
The best way to get a mouthguard that fits your needs is to see your dentist. Your dentist knows exactly how to find the right mouthguard for you to ensure that your teeth are protected at all times.