Upper Versus Lower Mouthguards: What’s the Difference?

The WrightguardAre you wearing the right type of mouthguard? Most athletes choose mouthguards that cover their upper teeth rather than their lower teeth. Why? Because upper mouthguards dominate the category on store shelves and athletes have grown up wearing uppers and simply don’t know the difference.

High-quality upper mouthguards offer a majority of athletes’ strong protection against oral and jaw injury. But we’re finding athletes who wear helmets with face shields, such as football, hockey and lacrosse players, can be even more comfortable and better protected with lower guards. These types of athletes often take blows to their heads during game play, which can lead to concussions and temporomandibula joint damage.

According to an article written by Noshir Mehta, a professor from a leading dental school university, dental-quality lower mouthguards, such as WrightGUARD’s Custom Mouthguard, can hold an individual’s jaw in a stable height and position in conjunction with his or her upper teeth. This alignment has even been shown to help reduce the occurrence of concussions, which is a growing problem in contact sports and an area that is being closely monitored and studied these days.

So be smart about your safety! The next time you or your young athlete is in need of a new mouthguard, before automatically covering up those top chewers, ask yourself if you’re a good candidate for lower protection.

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