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Mouth guards

Custom made mouth guard in Den HaagMouth guards are plastic shells made to be placed over the teeth. They are often made from ethylene vinyl acetate. They are especially popular with hockey players.

Why use a mouth guard?

Trauma to the teeth are irreversible traumas, leaving permanent ‘scars’. A broken tooth will always require extra care. It is therefore important to prevent or limit the occurrence of trauma. Mouth guards protect your teeth, teeth, lips and tongue from injury. They also help prevent jaw fractures and dislocations. They play a lesser role in protection against neck injury and even unconsciousness. Scientific research has shown that wearing a well-fitting mouth guard when playing contact sports not only protects the teeth by absorbing shocks, but also reduces the risk of brain injury.

A mouth guard should be as comfortable as possible. Customised mouth guards are generally the most comfortable. They have a better fit and minimal influence on breathing and speech. These are made by the dentist.

Guards can be customised by the dentist. You can also buy standard and preformed pieces. The preformed pieces can be customised by heating the material. Such mouth guards are highly discouraged, because they do not provide sufficient protection.

When do you use a mouth guard?

Custom made mouth guard in Den Haag

Guards can be customised by the dentist. You can also buy standard and preformed pieces. The preformed pieces can be customised by heating the material. Such mouth guards are highly discouraged, because they do not provide sufficient protection.

Mouth guards are used in various sports, especially combat sports such as boxing, kickboxing, san shou and karate and contact sports such as ice hockey, rugby and American football. They are being used increasingly in football and water polo. Ball sports such as hockey and baseball often use mouth guards because of the hard balls used.

Guards are placed over the teeth of the upper jaw while playing. When a blow or a ball hits the teeth, the dental guard distributes the shock over several teeth. When wearing a guard, the risk of dental damage is considerably smaller. And if a tooth falls out, the guard will stop you losing it on the field.

In our practice, guards are made to measure and consist of multiple layers. Between these layers we add a number of additional synthetic strips that ensure that any impact is driven backwards, minimising the risk of damage. Sports mouth guards are available in a variety of colours.