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What would it be like if you suddenly found yourself missing a few teeth? Did you know that if you play sports, this is a real possibility? To help you keep your smile safe, we recommend wearing a mouthguard when you play any sport. Please don’t misunderstand; this includes contact sports like hockey and football, but also sports such as basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics.

But, which mouthguard will work best for you? In reality, you have three choices: custom, stock, and boil and bite mouthguards.

In almost every situation, a custom mouthguard is probably your best choice. Over-the-counter stock mouthguards are made to fit any smile. Naturally, this means though that this mouthguard may not fit your smile as well as they could. Many stock mouthguards make breathing difficult and speaking uncomfortable. Bite and boil mouthguards usually fit better because—as the name implies—you boil and bite into them to make their shape. Still, the fit will not be perfect and they are made of lower-quality material than what a dentist can offer.

While you will need to visit a dentist for a custom mouthguard, they are specifically designed to fit your smile. This will make breathing easier and wearing your mouthguard more comfortable. Custom mouthguards will also absorb impact more effectively and prevent damage to your teeth or head. Similarly, because custom mouthguards distribute impact properly, you will be less likely to suffer from fractures and concussions.

It is also important to care for your mouthguard properly, regardless of the type you choose. We recommend replacing your mouthguard when it becomes worn and that you not leave the mouthguard in hot water or in the sun. You should brush your mouthguard before and after you use it with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to call us! We are excited to hear from you.