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Do Over the Counter Sports Guards Work?

Posted in Mouth Guards

If you or your child is an athlete, you’ve most likely looked into wearing a mouth guard during your activities. Some sports organizations and teams even require mouth guards to be worn in order to participate. Although the type of guard purchased (over the counter vs. Custom made) isn’t specified, they are significantly different.

Over the counter guards are “one size fits most” or “boil and bite.” That means that in most cases, the majority of people can wear them or find them to be semi-comfortable. Boil and bite guards offer a “custom fit” in that they will slightly conform to the shape of your smile, but this is nothing like what you get out of a professionally made mouth guard. In fact, many of these guards still come out during accidental force or injury, putting you at risk for a secondary injury.

Custom mouth guards are made from an exact impression of your mouth, then handcrafted to fit snuggly around the anatomy of your smile. They don’t just pop in and out; they stay in place at all times. You could experience a hit and then a fall, and the guard would stay put the whole time. An over the counter guard can’t do that.

Not only that, but custom-made guards can actually prevent concussions from happening. That’s because of their unique design and ability to prevent secondary forces. An over the counter guard cannot do this, and many athletes suffer from concussions due to secondary trauma.

Investing in a custom sport guard is one of the best pieces of insurance you can have for you or your athlete’s smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339

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