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Sports Guards in Guelph

Sports guards serve multiple functions beyond safeguarding your teeth. They provide protection for braces and other fixed dental appliances such as bridges and dental implants. Moreover, they act as a shield for the inside of your cheeks and lips, shielding them from potential harm caused by your braces in case of an unexpected incident.
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All About Sports Guards

Sports guards offer more than just protection for your teeth. They also provide safeguarding for braces, fixed dental appliances (such as bridges and dental implants), and shield the inside of your cheeks and lips from potential harm caused by braces during accidents. Investing in a sports guard is highly recommended for individuals engaging in activities and sports that involve falls, body contact, or flying equipment. While any sports guard is better than none, nothing surpasses the effectiveness of a guard crafted by your dental team, tailored specifically to fit your mouth and teeth.

So What Are Your Options?

Stock Sports Guards

These pre-formed sports guards are readily available at sporting goods stores. However, they frequently lack a proper fit, feeling bulky in the mouth and causing discomfort in breathing and talking. Athletes often find themselves distracted by these ill-fitting guards, leading them to remove or fidget with them during the game.

Boil & Bite Sports Guards

These kits include instructions for moulding the guard to your teeth. By boiling the blank guard in water and then biting into the plastic, you can shape it to fit your teeth. These boil-and-bite guards are available at sporting goods stores and generally offer a better fit compared to stock guards. However, it’s important to note that this method may not be suitable for everyone. If you find that your boil-and-bite guard is uncomfortable, bulky, or hinders your ability to breathe or speak, it is advisable to consider a custom guard instead.

Custom-Made Mouth Guards

Are you wondering why this is our top recommendation? Well, it’s for a very good reason! There is simply no substitute for a personalized, custom-made mouthguard. Opting for a sports guard crafted specifically by our team will provide you with the utmost protection and comfort. And in the rare scenario that it doesn’t fit comfortably, rest assured that we will be readily available to make the necessary adjustments, and you can hold us accountable for ensuring your satisfaction.

The Cost Of A Custom Sports Guard In Guelph

The cost of a custom sports guard can differ significantly from one patient to another. Under a typical insurance plan, the average price for a mouth guard ranges from $100 to $300 or more. Without insurance coverage, the cost of a custom mouth guard falls between $150 to $350 and beyond.

Several factors contribute to the variation in the cost of a custom mouth guard. Firstly, the type of material used to create the guard plays a significant role. Additionally, considerations for ongoing orthodontic treatment can impact the overall cost.

It’s important to note that an accurate quote for a mouth guard cannot be provided over the phone by any dental practice. Your specific needs are as unique as your smile, and thus it is crucial to consult with a dentist, undergo an oral examination, and explore all available treatment options to receive an accurate quote. If you possess dental insurance, we are happy to provide you with a quote that can be submitted to your insurance provider, allowing you to determine your out-of-pocket expenses before making a decision.

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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Though mouthguards and nightguards are both snuggly fitted to your teeth, they’re designed to perform different functions for your teeth and jaw. Sports guards are focused on protecting your mouth from impact, and night guards are focused on your bite and the position of your teeth and jaw.
These are all different names for the same thing: a device worn over your teeth that protects them from injury or reduces the severity of an injury.
Ideally, guards should be replaced after each sports season. Mouth guards can wear down over time, especially if the wearer has a habit of chewing or abusing their appliance. Teeth can also shift in adolescents which means their guard won’t quite fit as well. Many athletes who play several sports get a new sports guard made when they go for their routine 6-month checkup.
A custom-fit sports guard should feel comfortable in your mouth. It should be easy to breathe and talk. If you find yourself fidgeting with it or taking it out of your mouth during the big game, it might not be fitting right.
Any sport or activity where you might fall, come into contact with other players, or get hit by a ball or other equipment. Consider a sports guard if you or your child play football, hockey, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, field hockey, water polo, cricket, ringette, curling, skateboarding, gymnastics, mountain biking, wrestling, boxing or any other contact or high-risk sport.
You are extra encouraged to wear a sports guard! Not only does it protect your teeth, but it also protects your braces and the inside of your lips and cheeks from your braces should you be struck in the face.

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