A mouthguard is an essential part of your equipment in athletics. Studies show that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they’re not wearing a mouthguard.
There are three types of mouthguards:
1. Stock. These are inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear. Unfortunately, they often don’t fit very well. They can be bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult.
2. Boil and Bite. These mouth protectors can be bought at many sporting goods stores and drugstores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. They are first softened in water
(boiled), then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth.
3. Custom-fitted. These are made by your dentist for you personally. They are more expensive than the other versions, but because they are customized, usually offer the best fit.
The best mouthguard is one that has been custom made for your mouth by your dentist. However, if you can’t afford a custom-fitted mouthguard, you should still wear a stock mouthguard or a boil-and-bite mouthguard from the drugstore. If you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well.
At Keowee Smiles, we can custom fit your son or daughter with a mouthguard that will protect their smile, guard against a whole lot of unwanted pain, and potentially save thousands of dollars in dental costs! Call us today to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at 864-888-3012.
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