What is a mouth guard?
A mouth guard is an oral appliance that can protect your teeth from damage and is designed to fit your bite snugly and comfortably in order to provide optimal protection. An athletic mouth guard, also called a sports mouth guard, is a more durable type of mouth guard designed specifically to prevent oral damage during high-contact sports. There are three main types of athletic mouth guards:
- Stock mouth guards — Stock mouth guards are pre-made and ready to wear immediately. Although they are convenient and often inexpensive, they are not molded to fit your mouth, so they may be uncomfortable and will not provide the protection you need.
- Boil-and-bite mouth guards — A boil-and-bite guard is made of a special material that becomes soft when boiled in hot water. The mouth guard can then be placed in your mouth, and the material will form to the shape of your teeth and bite as it re-hardens. This results in a more customized fit for improved protection.
- Custom-made mouth guards — For the best protection your smile can possibly get during athletic activities, our dentist and team recommend a custom-made mouth guard. We can carefully craft a mouth guard that fits your bite perfectly, resulting in enhanced comfort and optimal preservation of your teeth.
Do I need a mouth guard?
Dr. Scott Lindsay recommends custom-made mouth guards for any patients who regularly engage in high-contact athletic activities. A mouth guard can be fabricated for any mouth size whether it’s for a child, teenager, or adult. A custom-made mouth guard can protect your smile or your child’s smile from severe oral injuries such as knocked-out teeth and cheek, gum, or tongue damage. If you would like to learn more about athletic mouth guards in Centennial, Colorado, or wish to set up a consultation, call Peak Dental Care at 720-489-0797 today!