As the name implies, mouthguards are designed to guard your mouth against impact and injury during athletic activity. In fact, mouthguards prevent more than 100,000 severe tooth injuries each and every year, so you should definitely consider wearing one if you’re participating in athletic events. But what mouthguard is best for your situation, and what else do you need to know about the device? We answer those questions, and more in today’s blog.
Choosing A Mouthguard
When it comes to picking a mouthguard, there are typically three different options available. Here’s a closer look at each option and why it might or might not be a good fit for your situation:
- Stock – Stock mouthguards are the cheapest mouthguards available, and although they do offer a layer of protection, they can be uncomfortable because they are often pre-formed and may not fit the best. They are alright if you need a mouthguard at the last minute, or if your growing child needs something for pee-wee football, but otherwise, they aren’t usually the preferred option because they aren’t always the most comfortable.
- Boil and Bite – A boil and bite mouthguard are a little more expensive, but you can fit them to your mouth. You boil the mouthguard in hot water, and when it is warm, you bite into the piece, so it forms to your mouth. These are the most common options because they aren’t too expensive and provide a nice fit. These are great for most athletes and weekend warriors.
- Custom Made – Finally, a third option is the custom made mouthguard, a mouthpiece designed by a dental professional. We can custom build a mouthguard for you, and while it is the most expensive of the three options, it can provide a perfect fit to your teeth. This is an excellent option for athletes in contact sports and those with dental hardware (like braces) that should be protected with an individualized mouthguard.
Have Mouthgear? Protect It
The final piece of information above is key. If you have braces or other fixed bridgework, you must protect your teeth. Breaking part or losing your hardware because of a blow to the face can thousands of dollars, so be proactive and protect your mouth by getting a custom-fit mouthguard.
Even if you don’t have braces or hardware, a mouthguard can help prevent severe injuries to your teeth. Mouthguards can greatly reduce the amount of force felt by your teeth if you make contact to the face, which can help protect your teeth as well as other sensitive areas like your gums, lips, and tongue.
If you have questions about your mouthguard, or you want a dentist’s opinion on your mouthguard, please reach out to us. Also, feel free to bring your mouthguard with you to your next dental appointment. We can ensure it fits properly, and we can talk to you about different options if your current model is causing discomfort. For more information, contact Dr. Brooks’ office today.