From chipped and broken teeth to injuries to the tongue, lips, face or jaw, oral injuries are a common occurrence in sports and physical activities, and quite easy to sustain. Forest Lane Dental is pleased to offer custom-made sports guards designed just for you! A sports guard is a dental appliance that is worn over teeth in order to protect the teeth and mouth from injuries sustained to the face and head during high impact activities. If you are participating in a contact sport that involves body contact, falls or flying equipment, you should consider a sports guard. The most effective and best fitting sports guards are custom-made by your dentist to specifically fit your mouth and teeth. Because they are made specifically for you, they are more comfortable and easier to wear compared to the over-the-counter options available. A properly fitted sports guard can effectively absorb the shock of impacts and protect your teeth from potential chips, cracks, fractures, knockouts, and damage. Keep in mind that it is particularly important for those who wear braces or other fixed orthodontic appliances to wear a sports guard, because any impact to the mouth can damage the brackets and wires on your braces in addition to adding tears and cuts to the soft tissue inside of the mouth.