All About Sports Guards
Sports guards serve a purpose beyond mere tooth protection. They provide essential defence for braces and fixed dental appliances like bridges and dental implants, while also safeguarding the inside of your cheeks and lips from potential braces-related injuries during accidents. Investing in a sports guard is a prudent choice for individuals engaged in activities or sports involving falls, body contact, or flying equipment. While any sports guard is better than none, nothing compares to a guard crafted by your dental team, specifically tailored to fit your mouth and teeth.
So What Are Your Options?
Stock Sports Guards
These sports guards are conveniently pre-formed and readily available at sporting goods stores. However, they often lack a proper fit, feeling bulky in your mouth and impeding your ability to breathe and speak comfortably. Athletes frequently find themselves distracted by these ill-fitting guards, leading them to remove or fiddle with them during games.
Boil & Bite Sports Guards
You can find these guards in a kit along with instructions. The process involves boiling the blank guard in water and then biting into the plastic to mold it to your teeth. They are also 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 suit everyone. If your boil-and-bite guard feels uncomfortable, bulky, or hinders your ability to breathe or speak, it’s advisable to consider a custom-made guard.
Custom-Made Mouth Guards
Are you amazed that this is our top choice? Well, it’s with great justification! Nothing can compare to a personalized, custom-made mouthguard. A sports guard crafted by our team will provide unparalleled protection and exceptional comfort. And in the rare case that it doesn’t feel comfortable, we are here to make necessary adjustments and take full responsibility for ensuring your satisfaction.
The Cost Of A Custom Sports Guard In Toronto
The cost of a custom sports guard can vary significantly for each individual in terms of out-of-pocket expenses. With a standard insurance plan, the average range for a mouthguard typically falls between $100 to $300 or more. Without insurance coverage, the cost for a custom mouthguard usually ranges from $150 to $350 or higher.
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.