An over-the-counter mouthguard is typically a good choice for amateur athletes but if you are looking for the highest level of protection, custom-fitted mouthguards is the way to go. If you are interested in learning more about how sports related injuries can harm your teeth or other benefits of mouthguards, we would be more than happy to answer your questions at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates. If you are looking to get an impression of your mouth for a custom mouthguard, we can help you with that as well.
Types of Mouthguards
Based on construction and level of comfort provided, mouthguards can be divided into three types: stock mouthguards, boil-and-bite mouthguards, and custom mouthguards. Stock mouthguards can be bought at most sporting goods stores and grocery stores. They provide little protection against trauma and may cause discomfort while wearing them.
Boil-and-bite mouthguards, as the name suggests, need to be put in hot water before you place them in the mouth. The heat makes them soft so they can adjust to the shape of your teeth when pressed by a finger or your tongue. These provide a little more protection than over-the-counter mouthguards but are still not as comfortable as custom mouthguards.
Custom-fitted mouthguards are built using special materials based on an impression of your mouth. They provide the highest level of comfort, fit, and protection, compared to other types of mouthguards. You will need to consult with your dentist and get an impression of your mouth which will then be sent to a laboratory which builds these special dental devices.
Who Can Use Mouthguards?
Candidates for mouthguards include both children and adults who are looking for additional protection during sports activities. They are typically worn by athletes who are involved in close contact sports. Even some non contact sports like ice-skating and skateboarding can pose a risk of injury to the mouth so you should consider wearing a mouthguard in these sports as well.
Besides athletes, many people can benefit from mouthguards such as those dealing with bruxism, sleep apnea, and snoring. Patients with mild sleep apnea are advised to wear mouthguards so their airway remains open during sleep. In many cases, mouthguards have also reduced snoring and helped patients sleep comfortably during the night. Mouthguards are often prescribed to patients recovering from severe teeth grinding or clenching.
Mouthguards are a must if you participate in close contact sports but they can also be worn during other activities too, including riding a bike or skateboarding, where there is significant risk of an injury to the mouth. If you have children at home who love to participate in sports activities, teaching them the importance of mouthguards becomes a necessity. Our highly trained team at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates can help you and your family learn more about mouthguards and their benefits. If you want to book a consultation over the phone, please do not hesitate to reach us at 214-363-9946. We look forward to serving you!