Posted on: 11 February 2021Share
As a rugby player, you've probably used many different mouthguards. Some are designed for maximum protection but may sacrifice a little bit of comfort. Others are thin, light, and comfortable while not providing superior impact protection. So how can you find the perfect balance between comfort and stability? The good news is that new mouthguard designs incorporate technologies that provide all-around protection.
In 2021, you can easily find breathable, tight-fitting, and affordable mouthguards for the sport. And even if you already wear braces, you'll enjoy stable and comfortable mouthguards that don't expose your teeth to direct impact. With these features in mind, it's time to consider upgrading your dental equipment. Here are 4 features that you should look for in new mouthguards.
Any moist area with limited airflow is the perfect environment for mold. If your mouthguards don't fit tightly against your gums, they'll wiggle loose and expose your mouth to mold growth. Such growth is accelerated if you store your mouthguards in a humid environment such as a bathroom cabinet.
When upgrading your dental equipment before game day, purchase fitted mouthguards that include biting pads. The pads increase comfort and enhance stability while you're on the field. Many newer mouthguards also use mold-resistant materials that limit the growth of germs. Consult with your dentist to select the safest material for your needs.
Lack of airflow is a common reason why athletes improperly use their mouthguards. This safety equipment shouldn't make you feel suffocated. New mouthguard designs come with breathable materials that allow air to flow in and out of your mouth. In this way, you can breathe easily and enjoy maximum protection while on the field.
Breathable materials typically contain air channels that improve the movement of molecules. Some may also use flexible components that move around to facilitate airflow.
Upper/Lower Jaw Fit
Most rugby players only protect the upper jaw from contact. While this is the most exposed part of your mouth while on the field, you should use mouthguards to protect your upper and lower jaws. New mouthguard designs fit tightly along the upper and lower gum line to enhance safety and comfort. The durable design can absorb direct blows without exposing your teeth to damage.
Compatibility with Braces
If you're undergoing orthodontic treatment, you can still jump into the field and compete with the best. Just make sure your mouthguard is compatible with braces. Such mouthguards extend outside the mouth and are held in place by stable bite-pads. In this way, your lips, gums, and teeth are protected while you're on the field.
To learn more, contact a local dentist today.