With hockey season fast approaching, Davis Dental Care would like to celebrate by holding a Sports Mouthguard Clinic held on Wednesday, August 19, 2015! We thought it would be important to discuss the types of mouthguards and the quality behind them to help you make the best decision when it comes to your dental and overall health!
These can be purchased at sporting goods stores and come in three generic sizes: small, medium, and large. In terms of quality you get what you pay for. They’re the cheapest type on the market and offer the least amount of protection. They do not require preparation before use – you simply take it out of the box and pop it in your mouth. They don’t form to the teeth or anatomy of the mouth, and are usually quite bulky and uncomfortable. They’re also made out of a cheap material that can be damaged very easily, rendering them even more useless for protecting the teeth and jaws. These types of mouthguards are not recommended by dental professionals.
Mouth Formed or Boil and Bite Mouthguards
These are the most commonly used mouthguards. They’re also available at sporting goods stores, but are a step up in quality. Although there are typically three sizes, they’re made out of a material that becomes gel-like when boiled, and loosely take on the shape of the teeth when placed and set. When a mouthguard is not made by a dental professional or made with the proper material, the guard is not uniform in shape or size, which allows some areas to have less protection than others. Unfortunately, these types of mouthguards usually don’t fit correctly and leave out important oral anatomy that’s crucial to have for protection, retention, adaptation, comfort, and stability.
There are two types of Custom-made mouthguards, both can be fabricated at your dental office. The dental professional will take an impression of the teeth in the upper arch, then will proceed to make a 3-dimensional model of it using model stone.
Vacuum Formed Mouthguards
Once the 3-dimensional model is made, the dental professional uses a machine that heats a thermoplastic material, then uses a vacuum machine to suction the material onto the model. Any excess material is cut and sanded off to ensure a smooth finish that will not cause any pinching or irritations, and will fit your mouth perfectly. These are superior compared to the store-bought mouthguards, and are recommended by dental professionals.
Pressure Laminated or Tri-formed Mouthguards
With the 3-dimensional model, the dental professional uses a machine that heats ethyl vinyl acetate and it’s forced onto the model. The machine uses pressure to ensure the material fits into every crease of the anatomy. There are two to three layers placed with different thicknesses in areas that require more protection. These are normally used for more heavy-duty contact sports, and can last quite a bit longer than the Vacuum mouthguards. Pressure Laminated Mouthguards are highly recommended by dental professionals. These are also made so they will fit your mouth perfectly, and your mouth only.
The most important part about having it professionally made, is that the dental professional will be able to ask questions to ensure the proper fit of the mouthguard. Is the mouthguard being designed for playing a particular sport, and is the design of the mouthguard appropriate for the level of competition being played? Do you have missing teeth, erupting teeth, cavities, or other major dental work needed to be done that will make the mouthguard less effective? Is the patient going through orthodontic treatment? These are some questions that the back of the box from the Stock mouthguards and the Boil and Bite mouthguards cannot address.
Remember to call Davis Dental Care Newmarket to book an appointment for our Sports Mouthguard Clinic on Wednesday, August 19, 2015! We will be offering the highest level of professional mouthguards, Pressure Laminated mouthguards, to our patients for only $39. That’s a savings of $160! We hope to see you then!