Protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. Sports related injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries that athletes can have. Mouthguards are flexible vinyl coverings for the teeth and gums which are thick enough to absorb the impact of blows sustained in contact sports, and protect the teeth from being knocked loose or fractured.
Custom mouthguards are typically regarded as the most protective and best type of sports mouthpiece. Custom made mouthguards are individually designed and made in your dentist's office or at a professional dental laboratory. With your dentist providing a custom appliance they are likely to provide the most comfortable fit and best protection. Your dentist makes an impression of your teeth and then constructs the mouth guard over a model of them. Because they fit and feel better, most athletes prefer customized mouth guards.