Types of Mouth Guards
There are many types of mouth guards available in stores. However, for a mouth guard to be effective, it needs to fit properly. You will also need a mouth guard that is comfortable to wear especially while involved in sports. The cost of the mouth guards is always a determining factor as well. Below are the major categories of mouth guards that you can choose from.
Sports Mouth Guards
Sports mouth guards are essential for any athlete who engages in contact or impact sports. Such sports could easily cause injuries to the mouth. The mouth guards are designed to protect your teeth and mouth in general. At Kurt A. Gibson, DDS, PA we will examine your mouth and explore the kind of sporting activity you are involved in, to get you the best mouth guard possible.
Sports such as baseball, hockey, football, soccer, boxing, and many more can easily result in mouth injuries. Mouth guards will cover your upper teeth, which are always the first to take impact when you get hit. You will require a mouth guard while participating in most sports if you wear crowns, bridges, and other kinds of dental implants.
Nighttime mouth guards are commonly used by people with teeth grinding problems. Teeth grinding is mainly a result of sleep apnea. People who suffer teeth grinding can easily injure themselves in the mouth while sleeping. Here at Kurt A. Gibson, DDS, PA, we offer tailor-made night mouth guard solutions for people with such challenges.
Stock Mouth Guards
Stock mouth guards are the least expensive mouth guards you can get, but they come with their fair share of shortcomings. You can just buy these from a store, but they usually don’t fit perfectly and will not feel very comfy. Some can be quite bulky and may make breathing or talking difficult as well.
They are better than having none, however. You’d rather have these on than have nothing at all. They will still protect your mouth and teeth in case you get hit.
Boil and Bite Mouth Guards
These are also pre-formed mouth guards, but they fit better and feel comfier than stock mouth guards. They are made of a plastic material that softens when boiled in water. You boil them until soft, then bite into them. The soft plastic will stick onto your teeth perfectly and harden. You can also buy these at any sports store.
Custom Mouth Guards
Custom-made mouth guards should be your go-to solution if you are looking for perfect mouth guards. These mouth guards are specially designed for you after a careful examination of your dental structure. They provide ample protection and are quite comfortable to wear.
You can visit us, and we will take an impression of your dental structure if needed. A customized mouth guard will be made using your dental structure to ensure it fits perfectly and feels comfortable. It might cost a little bit more than buying mouth guards from stores, but it is worth every single penny.
You need to take proper care of mouth guards to ensure they last longer. It is recommended that you have a new mouth guard for the start of each season if you are a professional sportsman, as mouth guards tend to wear over time. Having a mouth guard is not a ticket for being reckless either. You need to avoid getting hit on the mouth as much as possible. Call Kurt A. Gibson, DDS, PA at (336) 283-2593, and you will get assistance on any concern you have about custom mouth guards.