Understand Your Mouthguard Options

If you or someone you love is involved in athletics of any kind, you will need to invest in mouth protection of some sort. Even sports that don’t involve much contact, like running and biking, can pose a considerable risk to your smile. There are all sorts of mouthguards on the market, but not all are worth investing in. Take a look at our buyer’s guide below, and find out what kind of mouthguard would be best for the athlete in your home!

Stock Mouthguards
The stock mouthguard is the least expensive mouthguard available. You can find these almost anywhere, and many people get suckered into buying them because of their convenience and price. The problem is that these mouthguards offer no customization for your smile. They are big, bulky, and make it difficult to breathe and speak. Athletes hesitate to wear them because they are so uncomfortable.

Boil and Bite Mouthguards
Another type of mouthguard is the boil and bite. This mouthguard is one step up from the stock, but it is not much improved. There is some customization, but this guard is still much too bulky for an athlete. Being able to breathe and communicate is essential, and any mouthguard that limits that ability should be left on the shelf.

Custom Mouthguards
A custom mouthguard is on the top of the list for effective comfort and protection. We make them here in the office using impressions of your teeth. We use top-of-the-line Under Armour guards. These mouthguards are sleek, comfortable, and do not impede your ability to compete. You can breathe and communicate effectively, which is very important during athletics!

A mouthguard is an essential aspect of protection. The small investment in a quality guard will be a small price compared to paying for tons of dental work should an injury occur. Contact us today to set up an appointment to learn more about mouthguards. We would love to make sure you are fully covered on the field.