Player Protection: Leaves Should Fall, Not Mouthguards.
It’s October — the time of year when all the leaves start falling. You know what shouldn’t be falling though? Your players’ mouthguards.
Unlike falling leaves, a falling mouthguard is not pretty. It means three things: poor fit, discomfort and improper protection — not to mention dirt and germs.
Imagine your seat belt dropping off your shoulder when you need it most. If your players’ mouthguards aren’t staying in place, your players won’t have any protection when impact occurs.
For a mouthguard to be in the exact place it needs to be it must fit securely on the upper teeth, without biting or clenching. That means your players should have to physically pull their mouthguards out of their mouths to move them.
Mouthguards should fit tightly; they shouldn’t feel like that annoying tag in the back of a shirt. Players need to focus on the task at hand on the field, court, pitch or ice and be able to communicate, breathe and hydrate easily during a game. Only an intimate fitting mouthguard gives them the ability to do those things uninhibited.
Only a custom mouthguard can provide that intimate fit. Made to fit each individual’s unique mouth structure and pressed at 120lbs per sq in, custom mouthguards stay in place at all times. No floating around in the mouth or dropping out onto the playing surface.
Because a proper fitting mouthguard fits so securely against the teeth, comfort increases in two ways: the mouthguard fits so well that you forget it is even there; and the mouthguard is thinner in the areas that matter.
And while most mouthguards need extra bulk to hold in place, a mouthguard that has a perfect fit is made with as little bulk as possible. That’s because a mouthguard designed for an individual’s specific mouth structure is able to maintain thickness in areas for protection and eliminate material where it is not needed.
A lot of leaves may be falling right now; mouthguards? — that’s another story.