From pee-wee hockey to the pros, the number one concern of any coach, trainer, parent or player is player safety.
Over 5 million teeth are knocked out each year during sports and recreational activities. Unlike broken bones and ligaments that will heal and can be repaired, a broken tooth is a lifelong injury that does not heal.
With lifelong maintenance, appointments and surgeries, a broken or damaged tooth has a lifetime cost of approximately $20,000. That’s just to replace one tooth! And because athletes have a 33-56% chance of receiving an orofacial injury -- an injury to the mouth or face -- during their playing career, it’s important to make sure that you don’t forgo protection.
While mouthguards may seem like just another piece of equipment, custom mouthguards provide serious protection from serious injuries -- which is why they’re recommended by the American Dental Association and National Athletic Trainers’ Association. But not all custom mouthguards are created equal.
When it comes to protection, there are three important factors that you must consider when choosing your custom mouthguards:
Not all custom mouthguards are created equal … and neither are mouths.
Everyone’s mouth is different. It’s important to be sure you’re getting mouthguards that have been designed taking into account the individual structure of your mouth.
In the past, ice hockey players would have had to go to a specially-trained dentist or orthodontist to get a custom-fit, hand-cut mouthguard. But with a revolutionary Impression System, you get the precise protection needed that’s only available using the unique structure of your own mouth.
According to the Academy for Sports Dentistry, custom mouthguards that are individually engineered to fit an athlete’s teeth and mouth are 1000% more protective than any other type of mouthguard. The better the fit, the more likely the guard is right where it needs to be when you take a hit.
While protection is obviously the most important reason for a custom mouthguards, comfort is another major factor to take into account. When it comes to comfort, it’s all about the production of the guard.
Standard mouthguards come right off the shelf of a storeroom and are formed to the mouth by boiling in hot water and biting into them — one step, one process. Here’s the thing though, your mouth is only able to generate 7-9 pounds per square inch of pressure. And because most standard mouthguards are made from a stock-mold of one uniform thickness, they are not meant to fit your unique mouth structure.
Custom mouthguards that are hand-cut and produced with heat and laminated pressure (80-120 lbs. per sq. in.) are customized to fit intimately in the mouth of each individual athlete. The higher pressure allows lamination of different layers, so your guards are thick where protection is needed and thinner where comfort is more important.
With a patented cut design that removes all unnecessary material on the mouthguard, Gladiator’s X-Treme Cut design delivers the highest levels of comfort and protection possible. Perfect for ice hockey where communication is key.
Not only are they more comfortable, but also braces friendly! With a special “Ortho Channel,” your custom mouthguards will fit perfectly over braces without inhibiting tooth growth or alignment.
Custom mouthguards don’t just provide better protection and comfort than other mouthguards -- they also provide you with an athletic advantage.
Mouthguards that are formed to an athlete’s specific mouth structure, allow the athlete to speak unimpeded, while keeping the guard firmly on their teeth. That means better communication on the ice and less attention you need to pay to your mouth.
The precise fit of a custom mouthguard also allows for better breathing techniques. By taking in more oxygen, you maximize endurance and performance -- meaning you’ll be faster, stronger and last longer than opponents.
This is why Team Gladiator athlete Jack Eichel System relies on Gladiator Custom Mouthugard for his protection and mouthguard needs!
And, of course, let’s not forget about style. With the ability to completely personalize your custom mouthguards with team colors, names and logos, you will look good while getting the protection needed.
Protect yourself from serious injuries with a comfortable, high-performance Gladiator custom mouthguard, the industry-leader in custom mouthguards.