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Types of Mouth Guards

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Types of Mouth Guards

Ridge Meadows Orthodontics recommends that our patients wear custom-made sports mouth guards if they play sports during their braces treatment.


When it comes to keeping your orthodontic appliances, your mouth and your face safe if you play sports while wearing braces, having a sports mouth guard is very important.

But it's also important to make an educated decision about your they type of mouth guard you wear. Not all sports mouth guards are created equal! Sports mouth guards come in 3 basic types, each with its pros and cons:

Stock Mouth Guards

Stock mouth guards are easily found in your average sporting goods store and are the least expensive option. In fact, the main benefit of these is the price; they’re very inexpensive.

But the old adage 'you get what you pay for' applies here. Since they typically come in one standard size, there isn't much you can do to adjust the way they fit. They are also quite bulky, and can make speaking and even breathing somewhat difficult. But most importantly, they do very little to actually protect you.

Boil & Bite Mouth Guards

Boil and Bite mouth guards are also inexpensive, and readily available at most sporting goods stores. They provide a better fit, and somewhat better protection, than stock mouth guards do.

Boil and bite mouth guards are made from a thermoplastic material that you soften under hot water, and then put in your mouth to shape around your teeth with your fingers and tongue.

These mouth guards are still have a pretty uncomfortable fit, although they do fit better than stock guards.

Custom-Made Mouth Guards

Custom mouth guards are made based on your teeth impressions specifically to fit your mouth, usually at your dentist’s (or orthodontist’s) office, or at a laboratory.

Because custom mouth guards are made to fit your teeth exactly, they provide the best comfort, fit and protection possible. So although they’re more expensive than the other two options, the benefits when it comes to comfort and safety are worth it. Especially if you wear braces!

If you have any questions, or need to be fitted for a custom mouth guard, contact our team today to book an appointment!

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