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Mouth guards are coverings worn over teeth, and often used to protect teeth from injury from teeth grinding and during sports. An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech. If you grind your teeth at night, a special mouth guard-type of dental appliance — called a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint — may be created to prevent tooth damage.
There are three types of mouth guards:
Stock mouth protectors are pre-formed and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive and can be bought at most sporting good stores and department stores. Little can be done to adjust their fit, they are bulky, make breathing and talking difficult, and they provide little or no protection. Dentists do not recommend their use.
Boil and bite mouth protectors also can be bought at many sporting goods stores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. The “boil and bite” mouth guard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure.
Custom-fitted mouth guards are individually designed and made in a professional laboratory. We will take an impression of your teeth, then send this mold to the laboratory, which will make the mouth guard. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and protection.