Of course, you want your child’s teeth to be protected during sports activities, but is a custom athletic guard really necessary?
Orlando, FL dentist Dr. Gary Michaelson understand that it can be tempting to purchase your child’s mouth at your sporting goods story. You are there picking up other equipment anyway, can’t you just grab one off the shelf?
The answer is no, and the reason is that all athletic guards are not created equal.
Types of Athletic Guards
There are three types of sports guards – stock, boil and bite, and custom.
- Stock – These one-size-fits-all guards are the least expensive and are readily available just about anywhere. Protection with stock guards is minimal because they are not designed to fit the contours of your child’s mouth. Stock guards can also be bulky and uncomfortable, so your child may resist wearing them when they should.
- Boil-and-Bite – Regarding protection, boil-and-bite mouth guards are a step above stock guards. They don’t provide the most protection, but they are the most popular; estimates say that about 90% of athletes wear boil-and-bite guards. As the name implies, you place the guard in hot water until it becomes pliable, then use pressure to ensure it conforms to the teeth as closely as possible.
- Custom – We recommend custom mouth guards because they are designed just for your child. They are smaller than generic guards, and since they fit your child’s mouth perfectly, they are more comfortable. They are the most expensive, but custom guards provide superior protection, an important fact considering that 90% of all dental injuries include at least one of the front teeth.
Athletic Mouth Guards in Orlando, Fl
Custom athletic guards are just one way we can ensure that your child’s healthy teeth stay that way. Please call Orlando dentist Dr. Gary Michaelson to arrange an appointment so we can make sure that your child’s beautiful smile is protected.