Mouthguards and sports guards are devices that are inserted inside your mouth to protect your teeth from excessive grinding and clenching. Mouthguards are also used by athletes to prevent any injuries from occurring during contact sports. These devices are also recommended for people who have snoring issues. There are different types of mouthguards available for specific situations.
Different Types of Mouthguards
There are three major types of mouthguards: a stock mouthguard, boil-and-bite mouthguard, and custom-made mouthguards.
This is the most widely used and affordable type of mouthguard, which you can find at drug stores and sports equipment stores. They come in varying sizes that can fit any mouth size perfectly. This type of mouthguard covers the upper layer of your teeth and is mostly used by athletes during contact sports. Though this mouthguard is very common, it can become very uncomfortable to talk while wearing one.
This is similar to stock mouthguards and is readily available at drug stores. They come in one size, which can be customized to fit your teeth. The mouthpiece is boiled in hot water until it softens, and then you place it on your teeth and bite down to make the indentations. Follow the instructions on the packaging, and you will have a mouthguard that sits perfectly on your teeth.
You can get a mouthguard custom-made by our dentist by taking an impression of your teeth. The mouthguard is molded in a way to fit the structure of your teeth and mouth. This provides the best fit compared to the other two options. If you have a problem with teeth grinding or have sleep apnea, a custom-made mouthguard is the best option for you.
When to Use Mouthguards
Quite a few sports and different activities that have a risk of you falling or injuring your face and mouth may require a mouthguard. Athletes who play football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, ice hockey, and similar sports are required to wear a mouthguard to prevent them from injuring their lips or teeth. People who grind their teeth or have trouble breathing while they sleep are also advised to wear a mouthguard.
A good option for athletes is either a stock mouthguard or a boil-and-bite one, as it gives full protection when playing contact sports. These mouthguards are inexpensive, and they stay in place.
If you suffer from teeth grinding, you can opt for a custom-made mouthguard that will keep your upper and lower teeth separated and prevent any damage caused by the pressure of grinding your teeth.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that blocks your airway when you sleep, resulting in your brain not getting enough oxygen. People who suffer from mild cases of sleep apnea are advised to wear a mouthguard that pushes the lower jaw and tongue forward, leaving enough room for air to pass through.
To learn more about mouthguards and which type will be best suited for you and your particular needs, call now at (210) 408-7999 and schedule your dental checkup with Joshua Austin, DDS.