Do you participate in high-contact activities, like football, basketball, soccer, or gymnastics? If so, we strongly recommend that you do so while wearing a mouth guard.
Mouth guards are reliable appliances that prevent traumatic injuries to your smile. We want to help you protect your smile from the hard, forceful objects that have the potential to knock your teeth to the ground and break your smile. Many people don’t want to bother with mouth guards, but we encourage you to take the time to protect your smile now instead of having to fix your smile later.
There are many mouth guards available, but here are the three mouth guards that are commonly used:
Stock mouth guards
Stock mouth guards can be found at the local sporting goods store and they are preformed and ready to wear. However, these guards offer the least amount of protection and there is little you can do to make them fit better over your smile. Dentists don’t generally recommend this guard, but little protection is better than no protection.
Boil-and-bite mouth guards
Boil-and-bite mouth guards can also be found at the local sporting goods store and they offer a better fit than stock mouth guards. It is also easy to make the guard fit over your smile. First, you will put the guard in a bowl of boiling water. Second, you will let the guard soften. Third, you will place the guard in your mouth and will firmly bite down. Fourth, apply pressure to the guard with your tongue and fingers while it is still in your mouth. Fifth, let the appliance dry and harden.
Custom-fitted mouth guards
Custom-fitted mouth guards are the best option for you if you want a perfectly fitted mouth guard. If you’re interested in this type of mouth guard, you can talk to your dentist about your options. Generally, when the appliance is created, the dentist will first make impressions of your smile. Then, he will send the impressions to a dental lab where the guard will be created. When the guard is ready, it will be sent back to the office and given to you.
If you would like more information about mouth guards and the protection of your smile, call our office today!