Imagine what it would be like to suddenly lose one or two of your teeth. Smiling, talking, eating - everything would be affected.
Sports mouthguards (or gumshields) are designed to help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and/or injuries to your lips, tongue, face and jaw. A mouthguard typically covers the upper teeth and helps to prevent the above. Knowing how to prevent injuries to these parts of your head is vital if you participate in any activity where contact is possible.
A sports mouthguard is an essential item of sports safety gear which should be part of your basic equipment from an early age. Many athletes only start wearing a mouthguard AFTER losing teeth or suffering damage to the mouths soft tissue. This, or course is too late! Studies show that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer a dental injury if they are not wearing a mouthguard. While sports such as rugby, hockey and combat sports carry a high risk of an impact/collision injury, many other activities such as gymnastics, BMX etc still have risks of recieving a serious dental injury.
Now you've decided that you need a mouthguard. What options do you have? There are 3 types of mouthguard available.
Pre Formed. This is the cheapest option. They are also the most ineffective! Ill-fitting, uncomfortable and the abilities to speak, breathe and drink while its in your mouth are seriously affected!
Boil and Bite. Offering a (slightly) better fit than a pre-formed mouthguard, they still offer a poor fit with breathing/speech/drinking still very much affected.
Custom Fit. This type of mouthguard is constructed in a dental laboratory from a mould made from your teeth. It offers the best fit, the best protection and can be tailored with your particular activity in mind.
Looking at the above, I'm sure you'll agree that the custom fit guard made by a registered Dental Technician will offer the best protection for you.
However, not all all mouthguards are the same. XSGUARD Mouthguards are laminated using the latest pressure forming technology and can be tailored to your own specification, taking into account your sport and personal needs.