Types of Mouthguards
Pre-made (Stock Mouthguards)
These can be purchased at a sporting goods store. These types of mouthguards are typically “one size fits all.” They tend to be bulky depending on the size of your mouth or appliance you may be wearing. This type of mouthguard can be beneficial for patients wearing a “herbst appliance” as they can be trimmed to fit around your appliance.
Boil and Bite Mouthguards Boil-and-bite mouthguards can be purchased at most sporting goods stores and are relatively inexpensive. As your teeth move into proper alignment you will be able to re-boil and bite the mouthguard to fit around your brackets properly. A mouthguard that does not fit proper may result in broken brackets.
Here is a video on how to properly boil and bite a mouthguard when wearing braces.
Here is a helpful video on how to properly trim, a mouthguard for patients wearing a herbst appliance.
Custom Made Mouthguards
Custom-made mouthguards are specially designed by your orthodontist or dentist to provide optimal protection against mouth injuries. If you wear braces or a retainer, it is imperative for you to wear a mouthguard during contact sports. If you have questions about wearing a mouthguard, our orthodontic team can tell you how to choose the right mouthguard to protect your smile.
Taking care of your mouthguard
- Gently scrub your mouthguard after each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Store your mouthguard in a protective case.
- Do not leave your mouthguard in the sun or in hot water, because it may melt or become deformed.
- Replace your mouthguard at the beginning of every new sports season. You should also replace your mouthguard if you notice it has become worn and no longer fits properly.
- Do not wear a retainer with your mouthguard. If you wear braces, your dentist will help design a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your braces.
- Do not chew on or cut pieces off of your mouthguard. Mouthguards come in different shapes and sizes; ask your dentist which is best for you.
- Bring your mouthguard to each dental checkup, so your dentist can check to make sure it’s still in good shape!