When taking part in contact sports, wearing a gum shield can help protect against injury to the mouth and jaw. Different sports involve different levels of risk and potential injury therefore it is essential to select a gum shield that will offer you protection, fit comfortably and will stay in place. However it is important to remember that no gum shield will completely eliminate the risk of injury, but this risk is significantly reduced from not wearing one at all.
Gum shields, also known as sport guards, are made by taking an accurate impression of your mouth and making the gum shield fit your own teeth. We will note the way your jaws bite together to make sure the gum shield meets properly with your teeth.
There are home kits available. They involve heating the product in hot water and then putting it in your mouth until it sets. Unfortunately, these gum shields can fit badly and be uncomfortable to wear. They can fall out and the material is at its thinnest where it is needed most.
At JB Denture Clinic we specialise in making custom fit and designed gum shields/ sports guards that are unique to you.
At JB Denture Clinic we offer 4 types of Gum Shields:
|Junior Gum Shield: |
Is a gum shield made of two EVA layers. Recommended for sportspeople up to an age of 14 years. It is manufactured from: 1 transparent layer x 2mm. 1 colour layer x 3mm.
|Senior Gum Shield: |
Is a gum shield made of two EVA layers. Recommended for most contact sports, e.g. Rugby League, Football, Boxing, Martian Arts. It is manufactured from: 1 transparent layer x 3mm. 1 colour layer x 3mm.
|Elite Gum Shield: |
Is a gum shield made of three EVA layers. Recommended for boxing, martial arts and water polo. It is manufactured from: 2 transparent layers x 3mm. 1 colour layer x 3mm.
Is a hard acrylic material 2mm thick used only in the professional mouth guard, from canine to canine, to spread the force/impact from studs or sports sticks.