Basketball is the number one sport for maxillofacial injuries. This is why you are seeing star NBA players like LeBron James and Stephen Curry wearing mouthguards.
Basketball is more prone to facial injuries due to hand or elbows contact or players colliding with each other. It is not uncommon for two athletes to fight for a rebound and take an elbow to the mouth causing a tooth to break or even be fully knocked out. The cost of having a tooth repaired or replaced can range anywhere from $300 to $15,000 depending on the repair that has to be done. Wearing a custom fitted mouthguard for basketball can minimize the damage or even prevent it fully. Sadly most basketball players will only start to wear a mouthguard after they have had a dental injury or have seen another player have a dental injury.
NBA basketball players will typically wear a 3mm Clear mouthguard that is custom made from an impression of their teeth. These mouthguards are made my taking a dental impression and then have a dental lab manufacture the mouthguard. Being custom made makes these mouthguards are extremely comfortable and doesn’t affect breathing or communication with other teammates. Custom made laboratory mouthguards are nothing like boil and bite mouthguards that are purchased at a sporting goods store. The fit of a custom mouthguard will snap on your teeth and provide more protection than a boil and bite guard.
At SportingSmiles we recommend wearing a mouthguard soon as you have all your permanent teeth. Wearing a mouthguard should be a standard part of your equipment not only during games, but all worn during practice to protect the teeth. A properly taken care of custom mouthguards should last many years and give the maximum protect available.
Mouth guards are thin but sturdy coverings that protect your teeth. If you are athletic and participate in contact sports like basketball and hockey, you are probably already familiar with the athletic type of this dental protector. Other mouth guards protect your teeth and dental work against the damage caused by nighttime grinding.
Of course, not all mouth guards are created equal. Stock mouth guards are the types of devices that are pre-formed for the “average” wearer. They frequently mention a gender and age to help the buyer find a guard that most closely fits the makeup of the oral cavity for which it is designed. Unfortunately, these types of guards are habitually very uncomfortable since there really is no average wearer. Every mouth is unique and the location of the teeth varies greatly even between people of the same age, gender and size.
This brings plenty of buyers to the difference between boil-and-bite and custom mouth guards. You have probably seen boil-and-bite mouth protectors at the local sporting good stores. The thermoplastic material gets softened when immersed in hot water. The wearer then quickly removes the mouth guard and inserts it into the mouth. Biting down, the guard now adapts to the surrounding teeth. You need to keep some pressure on this device until the process is complete. Do not exert too much pressure, or you may just bite through the plastic. As the material cools down, it largely maintains the shape of the mouth although some nuances are lost.
By far, the best solution for the mouth guard wearer is the custom fitted product. While you could go to a dentist for a casting and pay a large sum of money in the process, why would you? Sporting Smiles has eliminated the middleman and allows you the same access to a professionally made custom mouth guard at a fraction of the price. We will send you an impression kit that you use to make a cast of your teeth. Instructions are included and the process is really very easy. Send the casting back to us and we will make your customized mouth guard.
We are confident that this guard is going to be the most comfortable you have ever worn. Find out more about this easy and inexpensive process by contacting us.
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Chewing on your mouth guard can be a costly habit, especially if you have a custom designed guard. Here are a few options that will help your mouth guard last longer.
Keep It on your Teeth: You want to get a custom designed mouth guard. These are made using an exact impression of your teeth and are available online from SportingSmiles or through your dentist. These guards are custom made just for you. This allows for them to be tighter to the teeth. The tightness helps prevent chewing by you can’t pop the guard of using your tongue. When the mouth guards aren’t on your teeth and are being chewed on, the guard is destroyed very quickly. You will see some professional athletes doing this, but it’s not cost effective for your non-professional athlete to be chewing on their $120 custom mouth guard.
Chew Proof Guard: SportingSmiles offers a guard designed for athletes that have issues with chewing\grinding there sports guard. We offer both a 3mm chew resistant mouth guard, and a 6mm chew resistant mouth guard. The 3mm is designed for low contact sports and the 6mm is designed for heavy contact sports. The 6mm has 3mm of our chew resistant inner material (hardness 95), the exterior is covered with 3mm of standard clear mouth guard material. This guard is more chew resistant than any other on the market.