All About Sports Guards
In Whitby, we offer sports guards that go beyond merely safeguarding your teeth. Our sports guards are designed to protect not only your teeth but also braces, fixed dental appliances like bridges and dental implants, as well as the inside of your cheeks and lips in the event of an accident. To ensure optimal protection, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our dental team. Call us at 289-809-9650 to request an appointment and discover the benefits of sports guards.
When it comes to activities and sports involving falls, body contact, or flying equipment, investing in a sports guard is a smart choice. While any sports guard is better than none, nothing compares to a customized guard created by our experienced dental professionals, specifically tailored to fit your mouth and teeth. Trust in the expertise of our dental team to provide you with the ultimate protection.
So What Are Your Options?
Stock Sports Guards
Pre-formed sports guards that are readily available at sporting goods stores may not provide a proper fit and can feel uncomfortable and bulky in your mouth. This can result in difficulties with breathing and talking. As a consequence, athletes often find themselves distracted by these ill-fitting guards and may end up removing them or fiddling with them during the game.
Boil & Bite Sports Guards
These kits come equipped with instructions, where you boil the blank guard in water and then bite into the plastic to shape it according to your teeth. They are also available at sporting goods stores and tend to provide a better fit compared to stock guards. However, it’s important to note that this method may not be suitable for everyone. If you experience discomfort, find the guard bulky, or have difficulty breathing or speaking with a boil-and-bite guard, it may be worth considering a custom-made guard for optimal comfort and protection.
Custom-Made Mouth Guards
Are you wondering why our favourite option is a custom-made mouthguard? Well, there are plenty of good reasons for that! When it comes to protection and comfort, nothing beats an individualized, custom-made sports guard. At our practice, we take pride in crafting mouth guards that provide the highest level of protection and ensure maximum comfort. In the rare instance that the guard isn’t as comfortable as expected, rest assured that we are here to make the necessary adjustments. We take full responsibility for delivering a mouthguard that meets your expectations and holds ourselves accountable for your satisfaction.
The Cost Of A Custom Sports Guard In Whitby
The cost of a custom sports guard can significantly differ for each individual. Typically, with a standard insurance plan, the average price ranges from $100 to $300 or more. However, without insurance coverage, the cost for a custom mouth guard is typically between $150 to $350 and higher.
There are two primary factors that contribute to the variation in cost:
- The material used to create your sports guard.
- Considerations for ongoing orthodontic treatment, if applicable.
It’s important to note that no dental practice can provide an accurate cost estimate over the phone. Your specific needs are as unique as your smile, and it is essential to consult with a dentist, undergo an oral examination, and explore all available treatment options to receive an accurate quote. If you have dental insurance, we would be more than happy to provide you with a quote that you can submit to your insurance provider, allowing you to determine your out-of-pocket expenses before making a decision.
Contact us today
to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. Though mouth guards and night guards are both snuggly fitted to your teeth, they’re designed to perform different functions for your teeth and jaw. Sports guards are focused on protecting your mouth from impact, and night guards are focused on your bite and the position of your teeth and jaw
These various terms all refer to a single object: a dental appliance worn to safeguard teeth from harm or mitigate the extent of an injury.
It is recommended to replace mouth guards regularly, ideally after each sports season. Over time, mouth guards can deteriorate, particularly if the wearer frequently chews on them or mishandles them. Additionally, the shifting of teeth during adolescence can result in an ill-fitting guard. Athletes involved in multiple sports often opt for a new sports guard during their routine 6-month checkup.
A properly fitted custom sports guard should provide a comfortable experience in your mouth, allowing easy breathing and speaking. If you find yourself constantly adjusting or removing the guard during important moments in the game, it could be a sign that it doesn’t fit correctly.
Any sport or activity where you might fall, come into contact with other players, or get hit by a ball or other equipment. Consider a sports guard if you or your child play football, hockey, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, field hockey, water polo, cricket, ringette, curling, skateboarding, gymnastics, mountain biking, wrestling, boxing or any other contact or high-risk sport.
You are extra encouraged to wear a sports guard! Not only does it protect your teeth, but it also protects your braces and the inside of your lips and cheeks from your braces should you be struck in the face.