Smile Protection: The Different Types of Mouthguards Available

Smile Protection: The Different Types of Mouthguards Available

Posted .

As you make your way onto the court or field, make sure you grab your mouthguard.

It’s very important to protect your smile with a mouthguard because if you don’t, there is a high chance that the hard, forceful objects involved in your sport or high-contact activity can severely injure or knock out a tooth.

So, if you don’t have a mouthguard, our Eric Goldberg, DDS Family & General Dentistry team is happy to tell you about the guards available today. Those are:

Stock mouthguards: A stock mouthguard is available at most sporting goods stores. It’s the cheapest and easiest option available, especially because it’s already preformed and ready to be worn. All you need to do is take it out of the package and put it on your teeth. However, because the guard is performed, there is little you can do to change its shape and fit.

Boil-and-bite mouth guards: A boil-and-bite mouthguard is also available at most sporting goods stores. It is made out of thermoplastic material, so it can form to the shape of your smile once it’s heated. All you need to do is put the guard in boiling water, put it in your mouth, and then apply pressure to it with your tongue and fingers. When it cools, it will harden its shape.

Custom-fitted mouthguards: A custom-fitted mouthguard is not available in a sporting goods store. Your dentist is the one who will create it for you. All you need to do is come into our office and let our team take impressions of your smile. Once the impressions are made, they will be sent to the dental lab where your guard will be created. Because this guard is custom made, it will provide a pristine fit, which will give you the utmost protection and comfort.

As you can see, there are many mouthguards available in the world today, so please remember to pick one up or schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Eric Goldberg, regarding a custom mouthguard. Also, please feel free to call our office at 610-363-6181 if you have any questions. We are happy to help you know more about mouthguards in Exton, Pennsylvania.