Dr. Wright adamantly insists athletes wear sport guards, particularly recommending them for football, lacrosse, rugby, hockey, basketball or any other sport that can result in a facial injury from physical contact. A sport guard can help prevent damage to the teeth while decreasing the severity of a concussion.
Over-the-counter mouth (boil and bite) guards are available at many stores, but they can be bulky, uncomfortable and ill-fitting, which often discourage use. That’s why you see many athletes with their guard sitting in their helmet or sticking out of their mouth, which doesn’t help anybody.
We make sport guards, simply requiring a dental impression and short return visit to place the guard and check the fit. Insurance may cover these guards, but they’re generally inexpensive.