Choosing the right type of mouthguard is essential. So what type of mouthguard should be used and what type is right for you?
Types Of Mouthguards
Take a look at some of the different types of mouthguards that currently exist on the market:
- Pre-made mouthguards
This type of mouthguard can be purchased at the local sporting goods store because it comes in a variety of standard sizes.
- Custom-made mouthguards
Custom-made mouthguards are normally made by your orthodontist and are designed to adapt to your teeth and any orthodontic devices you might be wearing.
- “Boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguards
A “boil-and-bite” mouthguard is a type of mouthguard that is not custom-made but can be made to fit your teeth. You can normally also purchase this product at your local sporting goods store, rather than an orthodontist.
Properly Caring For Your Custom Sports Mouth GuardOur team at Angle Orthodontics has worked with a wide number of patients who are wearing braces or simply want to give their teeth some extra protection while they are playing sports. However, in order to make sure that your mouthguard is able to last a long time, it is important to properly store it and keep it clean. Take a look at some of the useful tips for keeping your mouthguard clean:
- Scrub your mouthguard gently with toothpaste and a toothbrush after each use
- Keep your mouthguard stored in a protective case
- Avoid exposing your mouthguard to heat, sun and even hot water — the material it is made of may melt or become deformed
- Do not wear your retainer at the same time as your mouthguard
- Change your mouthguard periodically
- Make sure to bring your mouthguard to each dentist or orthodontist appointment to check if it is still in a good condition