How to Choose the Best Mouth Guard

Posted on: February 16, 2019

Looking for information on choosing a mouth guard? Not all mouth guards are the same. This makes it necessary for you to understand the differences so you can choose one that fits your particular needs.

Reasons to use a mouth guard

A mouth guard can be used to protect the overall health of your mouth for different reasons. Some of the most common reasons are:

  • To protect your teeth when playing sports
  • To protect teeth from the negative effects of bruxism
  • To help those diagnosed with sleep apnea to sleep better

Types of mouth guards

When it comes to choosing the best mouth guard it is first necessary to understand why the mouth guard is needed. This is because there are different types of mouth guards from which to choose. The following is a list of three different types of mouth guards that are currently available for people to choose from:

1. Stock mouth guards

A stock mouth guard is also known as a generic mouth guard as they can be purchased over the counter in a number of stores. They tend to be available in limited sizes, such as small, medium, large and extra-large. Since this type of mouth guard is generic, those who choose this type of mouth guard need to understand that they may be uncomfortable to wear. They also tend to only cover the top of one’s teeth instead of all of the teeth.

2. Boil and bite mouth guards

Boil and bite mouth guards are also a generic mouth guard choice that can be purchased over-the-counter. The difference between this mouth guard choice and stock mouth guards is that it can be boiled, which softens the material. Once the mouth guard is softened it needs to be placed over one’s teeth so it can be molded to the shape of their teeth.

3. Custom-made mouth guards

A custom-made mouth guard is made by an experienced dentist. This means this type of mouth guard is made specifically for a patient. This ensures that the mouth guard will fit perfectly. This means it is not only doing its job by allowing for a great fit, but it also will be very comfortable when wearing.

According to the American Dental Association, the best mouth guard is one that has been custom-made for someone’s mouth by their dentist.

Are you ready to choose your mouth guard?

Now that you understand the difference between different types of mouth guards, have you decided on which of the above is going to meet all of your needs? It is essential for you to choose a mouth guard that will work for you. Otherwise, it is likely that you will not only not get to experience the benefits that a quality mouth guard can provide you. It is also possible that you will have even more problems if you make the wrong mouth guard choice. If you are still not sure which choice is right for you, feel free to contact us so we can provide you with the guidance and direction you need.

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