Protect your child’s teeth: orthodontic mouthguards for sport

Most contact sports in schools won’t start again until the autumn term (although this is not all too far away)! but if your child is taking part in any summer league contact sports, an orthodontic mouthguard is the best investment you can make into their safety.

Shop-bought vs orthodontic mouthguards

Mouthguards are designed to absorb the force of impact to the mouth before this force reaches your teeth. The main difference between shop-bought and orthodontic mouthguards is that the former cannot provide the same levels of protection, due to being a poor fit for your child’s teeth, as they are created with a ‘one-size-fits-all’ design in mind. Orthodontic mouthguards are much more effective in protecting the teeth as they are crated with the patient in mind. This is achieved by taking impressions (or molds) of the teeth and using these to create an accurately-fitting appliance. Mouthguards can be created in the colour of your child’s choice – we have found this often helps incentivise more reluctant children to wear them when competing in contact sports.

What kind of sports warrant getting a mouthguard?

  • Hockey.
  • Martial arts.
  • American football.
  • Squash.
  • Cricket.

Benefits of custom made mouthguards

  • Handmade by skilled dental technicians.
  • Incorporate individual needs based on wearer’s dental health and type of sport.
  • Maximise strength in desired areas.
  • Minimise speech impairments.
  • Comfort and styling to a high degree.
  • High level of retention, maintaining wears comfort.
  • Improve airway patency.
  • Balance the masticatory muscles to enhance performance.

Failing to adequately protect your teeth can result in serious jaw injuries that can be complicated to treat, potentially requiring lengthy and invasive orthodontic treatment.

If you would like more information about the types of treatment offered here at Cornerhouse, please do not hesitate to contact us.