Athletic Mouthguards: They’re Not All Created Equal
“Recent estimates suggest that nearly 5 million teeth are injured or lost in children and adolescents in the United States every year,”
There are three main types of athletic mouthguards:
1.Stock mouthguards – You can buy these ready-made in stores that sell sporting goods. You simply place the appliance in your mouth and use it “as is.” They are also sold over the Internet.
2. Boil-and-bite mouthguards – You place this type of mouthguard into very hot water until it softens, and then bite into it so it will take the shape of your mouth and fit more closely over your teeth. These are made from materials that are resilient under normal conditions, but become pliable when heated. Like stock mouthguards, these are sold in sporting goods stores and over the Internet.
3. Custom-made mouthguards: You work with a dental professional who will prescribe and custom fit your mouthguard. The process involves making a model of your teeth and then moulding the mouthguard material around the dental model to ensure a close and comfortable fit.