What is a mouth guard?

A mouth guard is a dental appliance designed to fit over your teeth in order to protect your smile from damage. An athletic mouth guard, sometimes called a sports guard, is specially made to prevent dental injury during athletic activities. There are three main kinds of mouth guards available:

  • Stock mouth guards — These come preformed and ready to wear. They are convenient and inexpensive, but you cannot adjust the fit very much, resulting in minimal protection.
  • Boil-and-bite mouth guards — This kind of mouth guard is made from thermoplastic material. You can place it in hot water to soften it, then put it in the mouth to shape it around the teeth for a more customized fit.
  • Custom-made mouth guards — This type of mouth guard provides the best possible protection for your smile. Our dentist will create your custom-fitted mouth guard from molds and impressions of your smile, so you know it will fit comfortably and effectively.

Do I need a mouth guard?

Dr. Scott Lindsay recommends mouth guards for any patient who participates in athletic activities. This is especially important for children, teenagers, and young adults who are involved in sports. Wearing a custom-made mouth guard can protect you or your child’s smile from injuries like knocked-out teeth, broken teeth, and injury to the cheeks and tongue. To learn more about getting a mouth guard in Centennial, Colorado, we encourage you to contact us today at Peak Dental Care.