What is a Sports Guard?
A Sports Guard is a custom made, rubber-like cover placed over your teeth and gums, cushioning them and protecting them from damage.
When would I need a Sports Guard?
Cricket, hockey, rugby, boxing and football are most commonly known to cause broken and damaged teeth or broken or dislocated jaws. Therefore it is important to wear a professionally made sports guard whenever you play sport that involves physical contact or moving objects.
Where can I get one made?
At Caspian Dental Clinic Watford, we make custom-made sports guards which will fit your mouth exactly and protect your teeth and gums properly. Custom-made sports guards can prevent damage to the jaw, neck and even the brain reducing the chances of a concussion and damage caused by a heavy blow during play.
How long do custom-made Sports Guards last?
Depending on your age, your sports guard may need replacing fairly regularly. If you are still growing, new teeth will come through and move into position. So the sports guard may become too tight or loose, and will need to be remade to fit the new shape of your mouth.
Adults may not need to have their sports guards replaced quite so often. But they are like any other form of sports equipment and will suffer from wear and tear. It is recommended that you take your sports guard along to the dentist when you go for your check-up, so it can be checked.