Mouthguards Silver Spring, Maryland


Mouthguards If you play any contact sports where your teeth are at risk for damage, it is important for you to have an adequate mouthguard. Long gone are the days that it is cool to be a hockey player with missing teeth. In addition to detracting from the appearance of your mouth, missing teeth can have negative effects on your overall health. If you also have a problem with grinding teeth at night, you should ensure that you get properly fitted for a mouthguard that can prevent your teeth from wearing away and still allow you to sleep comfortably at night.


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What are the Three Types of Mouthguards?


    • Stock Mouth Protectors– The mouthguards you will see at sporting good stores and department stores are called stock mouth protectors. They are typically very inexpensive and come preformed and ready to wear. However, little can be done to adjust their fit, they are bulky, make breathing and talking difficult, and they provide little or no protection. These types of protectors are not typically recommended.


    • Boil and Bite Mouth Protectors– In addition to stock mouth protectors, boil and bite protectors are regularly found at sporting goods stores and department stores. These types of protectors are typically much more comfortable and effective than the stock protectors and are usually more expensive.The “boil and bite” mouth guard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure.


    • Custom Mouth Protectors– This type of mouthguard is individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist’s instructions. First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouthguard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and protection.


What is the Proper Way to Wear a Mouthguard?


Generally, only the upper teeth need to be covered for adequate protection of all of your teeth, but in some instances (if you have braces), your dentist may recommend a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Your dentist can suggest the best mouth guard for you. An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tearing, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.


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For a consultation on what type of mouthguard is right for you and an explanation of how to properly wear a mouthguard, contact our office to schedule an appointment today!