One of the most important factors all athletes must consider before heading out to their sport is that their teeth are well protected. Training and game related injuries have long been the cause of serious dental problems.
The challenge most athletes face when having to protect their teeth is choosing the right mouthguard. This article will break down the top 5 qualities you should consider when looking into a mouthguard.
The right mouthguard should offer both comfort and protection. You don’t want to wear something that makes you feel uncomfortable and susceptible to injury. A well fitted mouthguard should not require the clenching of teeth to hold it in, nor should it become loosely positioned in your mouth while actively engaged in your sport.
If you constantly worry about your mouthguard falling out and it becomes an irritating distraction, your performance will be negatively affected. If this occurs, you should consider purchasing a new guard.
Before purchasing your mouthguard, you should look for the model that has it's design and features specifically related to your individual sport.
In fact, every sport that you participate in has its own set of rules and regulations regarding the different levels of protection that are required. For example, Football players and boxers might need a higher degree of protection than a volleyball player.
If you wear a face shield, you may want to look into a mouthguard featuring a removable strap such as the Nxtrnd ONE Mouthguard. For full body contact sports like football and lacrosse, we recommend a low profil mouth guard with lip shield that protects against lip lacerations and upper lower jaw collisions.
If your sport doesn't require face shields, we recommend mouthguards that feature more frontal protection and that keep your teeth protected from arm and elbow impacts. Such as our Rush and Classic models.
If you have braces, the mouthguard must not interfere with the brackets or wires. We recommend a mouthguard engineered specifically for use with braces that prevents irritation and discomfort. Mouthguards designed for braces feature a special channel to fit over brackets and wires without affecting orthodontic alignment. We recommend the Nxtrnd Braces Mouthguard
For optimal protection and athletic performance on the field, it all begins with the proper equipment and fit. When choosing a mouthguard, it is important you are getting one that has features suited for your sport and your mouth structure.
Ideally, the guard should enable you to breath and communicate easily if your position demands calling out plays, shots and calls. The guard must fit tightly on the upper teeth without being held is place by biting and clenching.
To find out if a guard is the right fit, try holding a conversation with someone and if you're prevented from doing so and have difficulties breathing, the guard should be changed.
At Nxtrnd, we strive to produce the most protective, performance enhancing and comfortable mouth guards on the market. We don't just make standard mouth guards, we make mouth guards specific to your sport that actually improve your performace by providing optimal protection.