Mouth guards are coverings worn in the mouth to protect teeth from injury during sports and from teeth grinding at night. Mouth guards have proven to be effective in protecting permanent teeth from irreversible damage. Children and adults are encouraged by dentists to wear mouth guards during any physical sport.
There are three common types of protective mouth guards:
1. Stock mouth guards are pre-formed and inexpensive. These can be found at most sporting goods stores in a variety of sizes and colors. While these types of mouth guards do come in many sizes, it is often difficult to get a perfect fit. Due to over bites, under bites, braces, misaligned teeth – stock mouth guards can not provide perfect protection if they do not fit well.
2. Boil and bite mouth guards can also be found at most sporting goods stores. This type of mouth guard is made of thermoplastic material that will soften in boiling water. After it comes out of the hot water, it is placed in the mouth and fitted to mold to teeth and gums. These types of mouth guards often provide more protection than stock mouth guards because they fit better in the mouth.
3. Custom-fitted mouth guards are the most customized option as they are individually made by a dentist. An impression of your mouth is taken and then a mouth guard is molded around the impression. Custom-fitted mouth guards are often the most successful at preventing irreversible damage, but they are also on the pricier end of the mouth guard spectrum.
No matter what option you choose to go with, your smile is worth it. Mouth guards play an important factor in protecting your smile.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
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