In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked over some information on why speech is so important for many athletes during competition, plus the role a mouthguard plays here. The best mouthguards will fully protect the wearer while also allowing for simple speech and communication, and you shouldn't be settling for anything less.
At Damage Control Mouthguards, we're here to ensure all athletes get the best possible protection -- plus don't sacrifice important themes like speaking or breathing in the process. We offer the best custom mouthguards in the industry, including some mouthguards specifically outfit with technology meant to benefit the wearer. In today's part two of our series, we'll go over the specific mouthguard features you should be prioritizing to ensure speech is easy and convenient while wearing your mouthguard.
First and foremost, you want to be looking for a comfortable mouthguard. If you can't wear it without feeling like it's constantly in the way or irritating your gums, you're never going to want to wear it -- no matter how much benefit it offers.
A good rule of thumb is that if you don't forget you're wearing it within the first five minutes of heavy competition, it's probably not going to work for you in the long run. You want something that feels like a natural extension of your mouth, not something that's constantly getting in the way.
Ease of Breathing
Next up, you want to be able to breathe easily while wearing your mouthguard. Again, if you're constantly feeling like you can't get enough air while wearing it, you're not going to want to keep it in.
Many athletes mistakenly believe that a tight fit is necessary for a good mouthguard, but this isn't the case. You want something that's snug without being too constrictive, and this is something our team can help with.
Easy to Remove
Another thing to keep in mind is that you want a mouthguard you can easily remove when necessary. In the event that you do take a hard hit and need to remove your mouthguard for any reason, you want to be able to do so quickly and without hassle.
This might not seem like a big deal, but it can actually be quite important in the heat of competition. If you're struggling to remove your mouthguard, you might not be able to do so in time -- and that could cost you the game.
At the end of the day, finding a mouthguard that's comfortable, easy to breathe with, and easy to remove is essential for any athlete looking to maintain speech and other convenience factors. If you're ready to find the perfect mouthguard for your needs, contact Damage Control Mouthguards today. We'll work with you to create a custom mouthguard that offers the perfect mix of protection and convenience.