Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard from your orthodontist. When you chose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable and well fitted for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and doesn’t prevent you from breathing properly.
Pre-made mouthguards and boil-and-bite mouthguards can be purchased at most sporting good stores; while custom-made mouthguards are specially designed by your orthodontist to provide optimal protection against mouth injuries. If you wear braces or a retainer, it’s imperative for you to wear a mouthguard during contact sports. Your doctor can show you how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right mouthguard to protect your smile.
- Scrub with toothpaste after each use.
- Store in protective case.
- Don’t leave in hot places.
- Replace at the beginning of every new sports season.
- Don’t wear a retainer with your mouthguard.
- Don’t chew on or cut pieces off your mouthguard.
- Bring it to every dental checkup.