A sports guard can help to disperse the total amount of energy that has to be absorbed by any one tooth or region of the head. They may also reduce the incidence and severity of concussions. Sports guards help protect your jaw, teeth, gums and dental work!
A sport mouth guard is primarily worn to protect the teeth and mouth in case of sudden, hard impact. As a result, while a night guard may be made from durable hard acrylic plastic to withstand grinding over a long period of time, a sport mouth guard is usually made from a softer material that can absorb the force of sudden impact. And while a night guard only needs to cover the occlusal surface of your teeth, a sport mouth guard should cover your teeth including your gums. They can't be dual purpose.
We recommend that all patients were a custom fit sports guard when playing contact sports. A sports guard will protect the teeth, jaw and soft tissues (lips, cheeks, gums) when a traumatic blow occurs to the jaw or head. Sports guards are designed to absorb and redistribute the forces generated by an impact.
Orthodontic patients should also always were a sports guard. For children and youth with braces we typically recommend a 'boil and bite' customizable sports guard.
Although a custom sports guard is optimal, we recognize that because a child's mouth is changing and growing it is not always an economical option.
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