A mouthguard is commonly used for contact sports such as boxing, football, etc. to protect your teeth. A severe blow to your mouth while playing can cause your tooth to chip or break. You may also experience severe pain and bleeding on account of the injury to your soft tissues (cheeks, lips, and tongue). Therefore, to prevent any injury to your mouth, mouthguards are recommended. Mouthguards may not fit comfortably if you are using an incorrect size, as every mouth has a slightly different size and shape. In this article, we take a look at different types of mouthguards that you can consider based on your dental needs.
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Stock/Boil and bite sportsguards
A stock sportsguard is easily available at any pharmaceutical store or sports retailer. These can be bought by any individual who seeks to protect his/her teeth from injury during sports such as boxing, martial arts, football, soccer, ice hockey, skateboarding, basketball, volleyball and many more. Stock sportsguards have limited size options, which may not work for everyone, so its recommended that you get a customized sportsguard.
Boil and bite mouthguards/sportsguards can have minor adjustments made according to the shape of your mouth. Leave the material in boiling water for a few minutes and adjust accordingly.
Custom built mouthguards
A customized mouthguard will have the perfect fit in your mouth. Visit Signature Smilez to have the dentist create a customized mouthguard for you. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep, then you should get a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth from being worn down. It will also reduce the strain on your Temporomandibular joint.
To protect your teeth from bruxing or contact sports, you can visit our dental clinic to get the right mouthguard for you.