Whether you grind your teeth at night or you are involved in potentially hazardous athletic activity, the right mouth guard will be an important piece of equipment in your life. Likewise, if your child plays sports, a mouth guard will work hard to keep his teeth and mouth safe. Mouth guards are a wise investment that can save you from pain, discomfort, and future dental expenses.
Types of Mouth Guards
If you are in need of a mouth guard, it is important to note that there are three main types:
- Stock. Stock mouth guards are the common type that you’ll find a local sporting goods store. They offer a one-size-fits-all fit and provide minimal protection.
- Boil and bite. These guards should be placed in boiling water to soften before you bite down onto them. They then harden in a shape unique to your specific teeth.
- Custom-made. This is the option you’ll be presented at your dental office, and they are most effective when it comes to oral protection. An impression of your teeth will create a mouth guard that will be a perfect fit with your specific dental patterns.
Caring for Your Mouth Guard
To extend the life of your custom-made mouth guard, it is important to follow proper care instructions:
- Never leave your mouth guard out in the sun or direct sunlight
- Rinse your mouth guard thoroughly before and after you use it
- Periodically clean out your mouth guard in cool and soapy water
- Allow your mouth guard to air dry, and don’t store it in an airtight space
- Invest in a sturdy, vented mouth guard container for proper protection when not in use
Your dental insurance may cover some of the cost of your custom-fitted mouth guard. Contact us today to learn more about our mouth guards and which option is right for you.