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Sports Guards

What is a sports/mouth guard?
  • Important piece of athletic equipment for anyone participating in a sport that involves falls, body contact or flying equipment.
  • Typically cover the upper teeth and are designed to protect against broken teeth, cut lips and other damage to mouth.
Why use a sports/mouth guard?
  • Acts as a shock absorber
  • Cushions jaw joints in times of blunt force (boxers)
  • Protects from concussion if blow is on lower jaw
  • Can reduce risk of jaw fracture
***95% of all contact sport concussions are through the lower jaw.*** ***Basketball has one of the highest rates of facial and oral injuries among all sports.***

Under Armour Mouth Guards
Patients seeking the ultimate in dental protection during high impact sports are encouraged to ask Dr. Kwon about Under Armour mouth guards. These mouth guards utilize patented technologies such as Bite Flex and ArmourPlate to provide better protection to the teeth, gums, and the jawbone.

Glidewell Mouth Guards
There are thousands of oral injuries that happen each year in the United States. Glidewell mouth guards are a popular way for patients to protect their most valuable asset: their smile! Glidewell mouth guards are custom made to fit the mouth and provide maximum protection to teeth during high impact sports, reducing the risk of injury by 99%. These mouth guards can last all season long with proper care.
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The American Dental Association recommends wearing a mouth guard for the following activities:
  • Acrobatics
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Skate boarding
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Surfing
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
How long do they last?
  • Ideally should be replaced each season due to wear (every 3 years otherwise)
  • For children, replace once a year because they have growing and developing mouths.
What is the sports/mouth guard procedure?
  1. The first appointment will consist of taking impressions and choosing the color of your mouth guard.
  2. it will take approximately two weeks to deliver your mouth guard. That appointment will be for a final fitting, making any necessary adjustments and care instructions.
The difference between store bought and custom made.
  • Stock - preformed - can be purchased at sporting good stores as "ready to wear"
    • inexpensive
    • bulky
    • do not fit well and can interfere with speech and/or breathing
  • Boil and Bite - immersed in hot water and adapted to teeth
    • popular, but must follow directions carefully or risk the possibility of a poor fit
    • not fitted to the bone surrounding tooth
  • Custom - made by a dentist
    • most expensive and requires trips to the dentist
    • fits exactly to the athlete's teeth
    • ease of speech
    • comfort and retention
    • provides best protection