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Sports Guards in Oakville

Sports guards provide more than just protection for your teeth; they also safeguard braces, fixed dental appliances such as bridges and dental implants, and shield the inner lining of your cheeks and lips from potential harm caused by braces during accidents.
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All About Sports Guards

Sports guards offer more than mere tooth protection; they also safeguard braces, fixed dental appliances such as bridges and dental implants, and shield the inner lining of your cheeks and lips from potential injuries caused by braces during accidents. Investing in a sports guard is a prudent choice for individuals engaged in activities and sports involving falls, physical contact, or airborne equipment. While any sports guard is better than none, a custom-made guard crafted by your dental team to fit your mouth and teeth provides unparalleled protection.

So What Are Your Options?

Stock Sports Guards

These are typically pre-formed and ready to be worn, readily accessible at sporting goods stores. However, they often suffer from an inadequate fit, causing discomfort and a sense of bulkiness in the mouth, which can impede both breathing and speaking. Athletes frequently become distracted by these ill-fitting appliances, leading them to either remove or fidget with them during the course of the game.

Boil & Bite Sports Guards

These kits include step-by-step instructions. You start by boiling the blank guard in water and then bite into the plastic to mold it to your teeth. They are also sold at sporting goods stores and generally provide a more customized fit compared to stock guards. However, it’s important to note that this method may not suit everyone. If your boil-and-bite guard feels uncomfortable, bulky, or hinders your ability to breathe or speak, it might be worthwhile to explore a custom-made alternative.

Custom-Made Mouth Guards

Are you surprised that this is our top choice? It’s for a very good reason! There’s simply no replacement for a personalized, tailor-made mouthguard. A sports guard crafted by our team ensures the utmost protection and superior comfort. And in the rare event that it doesn’t feel comfortable, rest assured that we’re here to make the necessary adjustments, and you can count on us to provide the best possible fit.

The Cost Of A Custom Sports Guard In Oakville

The out-of-pocket cost for a custom sports guard can vary widely from patient to patient. With a typical insurance plan, a mouth guard usually averages out to about $100 to $300+. Without insurance, a custom mouth guard costs from $300 and up.


So why does the cost of a custom mouthguard vary? There are two major factors:
    • The type of material your guard is made of.
    • Consideration for ongoing orthodontic treatment.

Remember, no dental practice can provide an accurate quote over the phone. Ultimately, your needs are as unique as your smile. It’s important to speak with a dentist and undergo an oral exam to find out all your treatment options and to receive an accurate quote. If you have dental insurance, we would be happy to supply you with a quote to submit to them so you can find out your out-of-pocket costs before you make a decision.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

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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