Bound Brook Dentist Discusses Types of Mouthguards
Although playing sports can be a lot of fun, if you’re not careful, you could end up in a bad situation.
In sports, one of the most common injuries is damaged teeth. And, not only is this the most common type of injury, it is often also one of the most expensive injuries to repair.
Fortunately, by using a mouthguard, you can ensure that you, or your child, is protected and can play any type of physical sport without any concern of damaged teeth.
Below, we’ll go over the importance of using a sports mouthguard, as well as the different types of mouthguards that are available.
Sports mouthguards are plastic devices that are shaped like a dental tray and fit securely around your teeth and gums.
The device creates a barrier that prevents your upper and lower teeth from encountering each other during an impact. Further, a mouthguard also protects your teeth from being struck by an object from the outside such as a hockey stick or puck.
In most sports, mouthguards are required, however, even if they are not, they are still strongly recommended, especially during high-impact sports such as football or hockey.
Types of Mouthguards
For sports, there are typically three types of mouthguards that can be worn ranging in price, which leaves you room to decide what is best for you.
Boil and Bite
Likely one of the most popular type of mouth guards, these can usually be purchased for less than $10 at your local sporting goods store.
Boil and Bite mouth guards are placed in boiling water until they are softened. Next, you bite into the softened plastic until it cools and hardens. This allows it to take the shape of your teeth and creates a custom fit.
Stock Mouth Guards
Stock mouthguards are the cheapest type of mouth guard; however, they are also the least protective. This is because they are not formed to an individual’s specific bite and often, don’t fit properly. This requires the wearer to continuously clench their jaw, which can cause jaw strain.
Typically, a dentist will advise against buying stock mouth guards and will recommend either the boil and bite variety or a custom mouth guard.
Custom mouth guards are the most recommended by dentists for the simple facts that they are properly fitted to a person’s mouth, provide the highest level of protection and are much more durable than the other cheaper varieties.
Custom mouth guards need to be professionally fitted by a dentist and cost significantly more. Therefore, if you’re consider a custom mouth guard for your child, be sure to consider their age and make sure that they will not outgrow the mouth guard too soon.
If you’re still not sure what type of mouth guard is best for you or your child, be sure to talk to your Bound Brook dentist about it. They will be more than happy to explain your options and provide you with some guidance on choosing the best solution for you.