Sports dentistry performance assessment, personalised protection and performance enhancement

Sports grip rails

Whether it is a competitive sport or a recreational amateur sport, sport can cause injury. These injuries can affect limbs, body, head and teeth. To prevent injuries to teeth, sports mouthguards were invented. There are different types of mouthguards, the most effective being those that are custom-made for the specific set of teeth.

Sports dentistry performance assessment, personalised protection and performance enhancement

Sports grip rails

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Whether it is a competitive sport or a recreational amateur sport, sport can cause injury. These injuries can affect limbs, body, head and teeth. To prevent injuries to teeth, sports mouthguards were invented. There are different types of mouthguards, the most effective being those that are custom-made for the specific set of teeth

Dental and maxillofacial sports injuries

A bump or fall can cause damage to teeth in two ways. One is the direct impact on the teeth. This occurs mainly on the front teeth and more often on the upper front teeth. A part of the tooth may break off, or the whole tooth may move out of its socket, and in more serious cases it may fall out. The other typical injury is to the lower jawbone. In this case, the teeth can clash and damage each other. This type of injury, however, can affect not only the teeth but also the jaw joint, especially if the impact is from the chin. Injury or fracture of the jaw joint can lead to complications and should be avoided. In other words, you can see that it is worth doing everything possible to avoid these injuries.

What sports is it recommended for?

The most well-known sports are boxing and other contact martial arts. After 1920, the use of mouthguards in boxing became widespread and nowadays most people fortunately take it for granted that martial artists wear mouthguards. However, major sports organisations recommend the use of sports mouthguards in many more sports, not only in competitive sports but also in amateur sports. These include acrobatics, American football, baseball, basketball, cycling (especially mountain biking), equestrian sports, extreme sports, gymnastics, handball, racquet sports (e.g. hockey, floorball), rugby, squash, but also water polo, skiing, football, weightlifting.

As you can see, many more sports are involved and this is supported by the statistics on tooth injury. Wearing a sports mouthguard can prevent serious injury, post-injury emergency care, unnecessary rehabilitation torture and psychological trauma.

What is a good sports mouthguard?

As we have seen above, there are two classic types of injury, ideally protection against both is needed.

The ideal sports mouthguard covers not only the teeth but also the gums. This takes the force of the impact away, protecting both the gum and the tooth socket.
The ideal sports mouthguard is thick enough to provide adequate protection. There are also sports mouthguards made in one or two layers, with a harder outer layer and a softer inner layer.
However, the ideal sports mouthguard is only as thick as necessary. It is important for communication between the players, talking with the device in the mouth. Modern splints, even with 2 layers, are no thicker than 4-5 mm.
The ideal sports mouthguard fits properly and is not loose: this is not only important because it may be more uncomfortable to wear. But also because a sports mouthguard falls out more easily, which can distract the athlete’s concentration during the race
The ideal sports mouthguard maintains a jaw position that protects the jaw joint against any impact from the jaw tip.

What sports dentures are there?

There are usually three different types of sports mouthguards, but a custom-made sports mouthguard can be upgraded with performance enhancements, so there are actually 4 categories

  • The simplest are the prefabricated, factory-made sports mouthguards
  • The second category is the warm water adaptable sports mouthguards
  • The third category is fully custom-made sports mouthguards
  • The fourth category, the custom-made sports mouthguard, which adjusts the bite during the sport so that the athlete is able to exert more force, improving balance.

Pre-made, factory-made sports mouthguards

The easiest sports mouthguards to make, as you can just pull them off the shelf of a sports shop. However, this type of sports mouthguard does not fit the athlete’s teeth exactly, and does not take into account individual characteristics (e.g. the crowding of the teeth). Different sizes are available, and the athlete can choose the one that best fits his/her teeth, but often they are inadequate due to discomfort.

Sports mouthguards adaptable in warm water

As in the first category, the outer frame of the device is prefabricated with a thermoplastic material inside. After a short time in hot water, the inner layer softens and, when placed on the teeth, cools down to take the shape of the teeth. Much more precise than the first category. The disadvantage is that it is thicker than custom made and this can make it difficult to get used to and communicate with, and the shape of the mouthguard cannot track down if someone has a narrowed arch or congested dentition.

Custom-made sports mouthguards

The most effective and comfortable sports mouthguard in sports dentistry. Because it is custom-made, the thickness of the sports mouthguard will be just right and can be adapted to any dentition, as it is made by measuring the dentition. The disadvantage is that it is made in collaboration between a dentist and a dental technician. It requires an impression (or oral scan) and a determination of the bite, followed by a time when the sports mouthguard will be delivered.

Custom-made performance enhancing sports mouthguards

It is not only in power sports that it is important to be able to maximise the power of your body when exerting force. When lifting a weight, we clench our teeth. But the body is much more complex than that and our posture, balance, dynamics and speed are also affected by the balance of our senses, which are important for posture and balance. The spatial arrangement (posture) of the body is significantly influenced by information from vision, balance, feet, and teeth. Observing this is the origin of the so-called “bodily balance”, which started in Italy and France. Posturology is a branch of medicine that studies these factors. The enhancement of sports performance from the bite is a field of posturology. How well the bite is balanced can be measured instrumentally and the bite can be adjusted accordingly with performance enhancement splints, which can even be a sports brace. Once the custom-made performance enhancing sports brace is made, it is measured back and checked 2 more times.

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Dr. Hermann Gábor

Dr. Gábor Hermann introduced various techniques of orthodontics, of which he was the first user and lecturer in Hungary. He was a European lecturer of the Damon technique, introducing the concept of “soft power orthodontics” in Hungary. He is a member of the European Society of Sleep Dentistry and the European Society of Sports Dentistry and is currently the president of the international association IFUNA.

He founded HermannOrtho Professional Orthodontics in 2006 and the Neurotrain development centre in 2020. He specialises in complex, health-oriented orthodontics for children and adults, sports dentistry, sleep dentistry and mind-body medicine.

How much does it cost?

Custom-made sports guard rail

Custom-made sports guard rail

75 000 HUF

75 000 Ft

After a specialist consultation following the diagnosis, we will prepare a comprehensive, detailed and personalised treatment plan and an accurate quote. The quotation is all-inclusive, so our patients do not have to expect additional costs later on.


I felt HermannOrtho was my last chance because I had already visited five orthodontic surgeries, but the only answer I got was that it is hopeless, it cannot be done, I should have come thirty years earlier, it was horrible. But Gábor and his team did not just see a problematic set of teeth but also the person behind it. Their professional preparedness, their attitude, their humane behaviour is unparalleled, it is outstandingly unique. They have invested a lot of work into the treatment. Every time I felt it was truly important for them that they achieve the best result possible. I have never trusted anyone this much. I am immensely grateful.

/Zsuzsanna Szilveszter/

We brought both our children to the HermannOrtho surgery. Gábor worked miracles on Bence’s teeth, the end result was much better than I had expected! Zoé’s treatment is not finished yet, but the change is already visible and she is very happy about that.

I myself like coming here because the children have never been afraid, the treatment was much more comfortable and pain free than I had been told by others who got treatment elsewhere. Children like Gábor very much, he speaks their language. Everybody was very kind to them, they would always explain to them what was going to happen and why during the treatment.

It was also important for us that the surgery is well-equipped, they work with the newest technology. Gábor constantly develops both the surgery and himself! This was a very important feature for me when making the choice. This is why we come here, although we live 85 kms from Budapest. It is the icing on the cake that he proved to be a very kind person. Everybody at the surgery is very nice and this was also very important to me, since we are talking about my children.

/Krisztina Valaska-D./

HermannOrtho’s sleep dentistry is currently one of a kind in the country. If you have tried the health insurance covered Therasnore but could not get used to it or it does not work and you do not use it, visit HermannOrtho and try the 3D printed protrusion rails. As an IT student doing his Master’s, it is fantastic to see that the new technologies that I study about are already in use at HermannOrtho. Gábor always does his best to further improve his knowledge in fields beyond but connected to orthodontics. I can guarantee that except for a few exceptions not too many orthodontic specialists would know what the abbreviation “CG” stands for.

/Csongor László Martin/

We took our daughter Mira, who is 11 now, to Gábor and his colleagues for treatment after she started losing her baby teeth. Gábor brought it to our attention that Mira had tongue thrust and mouth breathing. Fortunately, the logopedic treatment recommended by Gábor and his colleagues and the overnight mouth monitor proved to be an effective solution.

We started the orthodontic treatment in the December of 2020 so that the canine could come out in the right direction and spot. Thanks to the complex support Mira’s treatment successfully came to an end in the April of 2021.

Mira was a bit scared first of orhtodontics but she soon got used to the braces and wore them without a problem. I think it played a great part in this that the atmosphere in the surgery is very relaxing and friendly and that Gábor and his team are kind and very-very professional.

/Marcsi Szalontai/

My daughter’s treatment started 1,5 years ago! After the first consultation we already knew that this was the only place for us! Information and the expertise was first class! Gábor and Rita are always very nice, Aliz was never afraid, they always explained everything, what was going to happen. The service is comprehensive, logopedics and body treatments are included in the orthodontics, if necessary. It is definitely five stars from us, we can only recommend them to anyone who wants to get orthodontic treatment! 🙂

/Anikó Sörös/

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Accidents on bicycles are very common, or even during hobby/amateur football. It is worth considering the use of sports goggles.

It’s a perfectly logical question. It is necessary to check the sports mouthguards every six months and to make a new device if necessary

It is sometimes possible to use appliances that can be adapted in warm water (but care must be taken to ensure that they are removed a few times during the cooling period to prevent the mouthguard from becoming stiff on the braces, and that they are frequently re-adapted during treatment. Of course, your orthodontist is a doctor and can make custom sports mouthguards at intervals.

For water polo, there are special custom-made/thermoformable mouthguards that are thinner.

This is why we have received so many five-star ratings:

Complex service

Do not think teeth, you have to think in terms of complex health. We help you with that.

Everything in one place

You do not have to go to several different places. From the check-up to the treatment, we do everything in one place.

Familiar atmosphere

When you enter here, you forget that this is a dentist’s surgery.

A professional and friendly team

We think it is fundamental for a team to be professional at what they do. Beside this, however, it is very important how the patient visiting us feels.


During our 25-year run we have encountered several thousand cases, therefore you can rest assured that no matter how complex a problem you are struggling with, we have the solution.

Dr. Gábor Hermann

The concept of health-centred orthodontics has been introduced by Dr. Gábor Hermann in several international forums in the past years. He has developed this special treatment method as part of this.

Holistic approach

Because we are either healthy or not. There is no compromise. This is the only worthwhile interpretation of health.

The most modern tools

HermannOrtho is Hungary’s most modern orthodontic surgery. From our own lab and x-ray machine to a 3D printer, we have everything at our disposal.

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