Football season is HERE!
Read on to learn about the three types of football mouth guards, and discover which one offers the best protection for your child.
1. Stock mouthguards
Stock mouthguards come in limited sizes (usually small, medium, and large). They are the least expensive — and also offer the least protection.
Since stock mouthguards don’t conform to the teeth, they must be held in place by constantly biting down.
This interferes with speech and breathing, so the player often cuts and alters the mouthguard to make it more comfortable, which decreases protection even further.
That’s why stock mouthguards offer very little protection.
This type of mouthguard is dropped into boiling water until it becomes pliable and then formed in the player’s mouth by using pressure from the finger, tongue, and biting.
But forming a mouthguard correctly around the teeth and gums is not as easy as it sounds, which results in a poor fit, poor coverage and gagging effects.
Also, boil-and-bite mouthguards lose a lot of thickness during molding, which severely reduces protection.
Boil & bite mouthguards provide a false sense of protection and are not recommended.
3. Custom-fitted mouthguards
Custom mouth guards are made in a dentist’s office from an exact impression of your child’s teeth.
The result is a tight, exact and comfortable fit.
Custom mouthguards offer the ultimate in protection and comfort so the player can breathe, talk and drink normally.
That’s why dentists and health professionals recommend custom-fitted mouthguards over all other types of mouth protectors.
Depending on where you have them made, a custom mouthguard can run you anywhere from $200 to $400.
Here’s your chance to give your young athlete the best possible protection and comfort with a professional, custom made mouthguard, just in time for football season.
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