A mouth guard is a removable rubber or polyvinyl shield worn over your teeth, most commonly the upper teeth, to protect the teeth and jaws from traumatic injury during sporting activities.
Mouth guards are an important piece of athletic equipment for anyone participating in a sport that involves falls, body contact or flying equipment. This includes football, rugby, cricket, basketball, hockey, skateboarding, gymnastics, mountain biking or any activity that might result in an injury to the mouth.
At Green Square dental Dr Shapiro recommends custom-made mouth guards – These are individually designed and made in a professional dental laboratory. They are likely to provide the most comfortable fit and best protection for your teeth.
Dr. Shapiro will take an impression of your teeth and then a tailor-made mouth guard is constructed over a model of them by a professional laboratory.
Special care instructions will be given to make sure your mouth guard last, like how to clean it and also to keep it in its protective case when not wearing it.
For children mouth guards may need to be changed as the child grown and their teeth move. In adults a mouth guard usually only needs to be changed when you lose a tooth.