Mouth Guards Part 2

There are three types of mouth guards

  • - Stock - Inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear. Unfortunately, they often don't fit very well and do not conform to teeth correctly. Consequently, they may not offer much protection. They can be bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult.
  • - Boil and bite - Can be bought at many sporting goods stores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. They should be softened in water, then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth. If you don't follow the directions carefully you can wind up with a poor-fitting mouth protector, and a low level of protection.
  • - Custom-fitted - Made by your dentist for you personally. They are more expensive than the other versions, but because they are customized and used with special material, they can offer a better fit and protection than anything off the shelf. They are made by taking impressions of your teeth at your dentist's office. The impressions are sent to a special dental laboratory where the guard is made directly from a model of your teeth to be sure that it fits correctly and offers the best level of protection.