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Mouthguard for athletes: what you should know before you buy one

ooth breakage is a problem generally associated with children.

However, this type of accident also occurs in adults, due to shocks or blows that we give ourselves in our daily lives.

But above all, people who practice contact sports are much more likely to suffer dental fractures.

In this kind of activities, falls and collisions are frequent, so it is not surprising that one of these impacts damages the area of our mouth.

In which sports is the use of a dental protector recommended?
We have previously alluded to a series of sports considered contact sports, but is the use of a sports mouthguard always indicated?

According to the Spanish Society of Sports Dentistry (SEOD), we can establish a classification according to the different activities and their risk:

High risk: martial arts (jiu jitsu, judo, karate, taekwondo…), contact boxing and kickboxing, soccer, rugby, field hockey, ice skating…

Intermediate risk: basketball, handball, diving, parachuting, water polo, horseback riding, squash…

Types of injuries sustained during sports practice
Just as not all athletes are exposed to the same risk depending on their activity, not all injuries have the same consequences for dental health.

A minor injury would be one that does not prevent the person from continuing to play, and it is possible to provide temporary treatment and then explore his or her condition at a later date.

However, a serious injury forces the player to abandon the activity, and jaw accidents are very common in high-risk sports.

If I wear braces, which mouthguard is best for me?
Patients who practice contact sports, but wear a fixed orthodontic system, should take special care to avoid problems with the brackets.

If this is your case, we can tell you that semi-adaptable mouthguards are a good option for the duration of your treatment.

In fact, this type is considered as a mouthguard for braces suitable for braces, but also for patients wearing clear aligners, such as Invisalign.

This is because, during orthodontic treatment, the mouth is very changeable and these types of guards are cheaper than those custom-made by the dentist.

Therefore, if they break or no longer fit, we can more easily buy another one.

In addition, once the brackets or the last Invisalign aligner are removed, it is possible to ask our dentist to manufacture a custom-made mouthguard.

Now that I know the types and their price, which mouthguard should I buy?
Next, we want to tell you the cases in which it is convenient to opt for one mouthguard or another.

Since the needs, lifestyle and sports that we practice vary greatly depending on each person, we are going to give you some guidelines:

If you practice a high-risk sport, we advise you to go to a dental clinic to have a custom-made mouthguard made.

If, on the other hand, you are interested in a limited-risk sport or you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, you can try using the semi-adaptable splint.

Once your braces are removed, if you are involved in a high-risk activity, we recommend that you ask your dentist to make you a customized mouthguard.

However, if it is a lower risk physical activity, we recommend that you ask your dentist what to do.

Although this is a treatment that we do not offer at Ferrus & Bratos, we can advise you about it.