The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) encourages kids to “play it safe” and consistently wear mouth guards and other protective gear during competitions and practices. The Tuscaloosa dentist at Dental Care South wholeheartedly agrees and he is ready to custom-fit a sportsguard for you or your child. These sportsguards will help protect the jaw, lips, teeth, tongue, and mouth from hard-hitting sports injuries which can lead to a lifetime of repair and maintenance.
A sportsguard is a flexible, plastic device that is primarily worn to protect the teeth and mouth in case of sudden, hard impact. It is usually made from a thicker, but softer material that can absorb the force of sudden impact. A sportsguard should cover your teeth including your gums so that the entire mouth can be protected.
Sportsguards act like a shock absorber, both spreading the force over a larger area and increasing the time for the peak force to occur. Dissipating the energy of the blow over a larger area and longer time reduces its effect preventing or vastly reducing any injury. With no sportsguard, receiving a blow to the face can cause:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Fractured crowns or bridgework
- Lip and cheek injuries
- Root damage to the teeth
- Fractured jaws
The sportsguards that are commercially sold and made available in sports stores are different from the custom-made appliances offered by your Dental Care South specialists. They’re not only uncomfortable to wear but also not as effective.