A gum shield (or mouthguard) is a protective appliance or device that is used to cover the teeth and gums. They are commonly worn by sports players and athletes to protect their teeth & gums from knocks and impacts. They also help to absorb shocks between the upper and lower teeth and jaws, therefore reducing the risk of a concussion and other injuries.
Any contact sport is accompanied by a high risk of tooth damage or loss. Generally, the sports with the highest tooth damage risks are martial arts, rugby, and field hockey. However, for anyone playing a sport where there is a chance of trauma to the face, either from a person or piece of equipment, it would be advisable to consider wearing a sports gum shield. If you participate in a contact sport, it is highly recommended you get a reliable mouthguard to wear during your activity.
Although there are many gum shields available over the counter, these standard shields cannot provide the same level of protection that a bespoke sports gum shield can. The standard shields that are readily available in shops and on the internet often are of the “boil and bite” variety. These tend to be ill-fitting, move around in the mouth too easily, and can inhibit the wearer’s speech. This means they can actually pose a danger to you when you are playing sports rather than protect your teeth and gums. Opting for a dental gum shield is safer and fits better due to it being handmade by skilled dental technicians, specifically to fit around your teeth. We use a high-quality impact-absorbing material called polyethylene vinyl acetate (pEVA) to make our sports gum shields. This is an odourless, tasteless, non-toxic polymer that is completely safe for use in the mouth, and will protect your teeth and gums by absorbing any impact sustained to the mouth and teeth during sports activities.
We take impressions of your teeth so that your sports gum shield fits perfectly in your mouth and around your teeth. You can decide on colours, design and personalisation options here. They will then be sent to the lab where the guard is manufactured and sent back to us. Upon checking that your new mouth guard fits well, you can take it home, along with care instructions and a case to keep it in when you aren’t using it.
Wearing a professionally-made custom sports gum shield has a wide range of benefits, the first being the level of protection it offers. Having a gum shield made specifically for your teeth means it will not move around in your mouth, impair your speech, or potentially block your airway. A better fitting mouthguard will keep your soft tissue away from your teeth, therefore reducing the risk of sustaining cuts or lacerations to the mouth, tongue, and lips.
Sports gum shields don’t only protect your teeth and gums, but can also prevent concussions, brain and neck injuries, and jaw fractures. This is because they help to avoid the lower and upper jaws colliding and absorb the impact that can be transmitted through the skull and cause serious, long-term injuries. The potential cost of this happening, both financially and personally, is huge, and a custom-made sports gum shield can prevent this.
Having a dental gum shield allows our skilled technicians to take into account the dental health of the wearer and adapt the shield if needed. This can include if the wearer has braces, fillings, or even missing teeth. A sports gum shield from The Smile Boutique can be individually catered to your dental needs, something you cannot get from a store-bought mouthguard.
We offer a variety of options for colours and designs so that you can customise your gum shield to make it your own. You can choose between different patterns, glitter, text, and more, the possibilities are endless. If you are a representative of a school or sports team, you can also speak to us about creating customised mouthguards that have your logo and colours printed on them.
Contact us on 01733 551 534 to invest in your custom gum shield and the protection of your teeth.BACK to treatments
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