Which Mouth Guard is Right for You?

Dental Health
By: Spirit Dental
March 8, 2016

Football player with a mouthgaurd

Most people think of mouthguards as something you wear if you play football or hockey, but the use of mouthguards can be beneficial to tons of different sports. It’s true that the number of facial injuries in both football and hockey are quite low due to the requirement of mouthguards in these sports. Sports like baseball, basketball, and gymnastics, however, have higher facial injuries because mouthguards are not required.

With a range of different mouthguards on the market, it may be difficult to determine which is the best for you.  However, there are three main types of mouthguards, readymade, boilandbite, and custom fit.


Readymade mouthguards are often the least expensive and the most easily accessible, but they offer the least amount of protection. Because the mouth guard is loose fitting and does not form to your teeth, the mouthguard can move. Also, you sound like your mouth is full of marbles when you try to speak. Choosing this mouthguard, however, is much better than using nothing. If you are in a pinch and need a readymade mouthguard, one of the best choices is the Shock Doctor Pro Mouthguard.


Boilandbite mouth guards are the most popular. This mouth guard is heated in boiling water and then the softened plastic forms to your teeth. This forming process reduces the amount of extra space between the mouth guard and your teeth and makes a custom fit for your mouth shape. The Venum Predator Mouthguard is a great option for this variety.


The most protective and streamlined are customfit mouth guards. This type is perfect for those who play numerous sports and that need the most protection. In addition, a customfitted mouth guard is better for those who have braces or permanent dental work. Customfit mouth guards can be made just by coming into the dentist and having a fitting. It’s easy and will help protect you from injuries. Whether you want to learn more about which mouthguard you should purchase or if you would like to have a custom mouthguard created, give us a call and we will help you make the best decision.

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