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As you play sports or participate in your high-contact activities, are you ever afraid of injuring your smile? If not, you should be. As you play, your teeth, gums, and underlying bone are vulnerable and fragile, and you need to do everything you can to protect them, which is why mouth guards are so beneficial.

Mouth guards are strong, reliable appliances that cover your teeth and protect them from the hard, forceful objects that hit them. Mouth guards help prevent tooth chips, tooth breaks, shredded gums, broken bones, and loose or lost teeth. If you are interested in protecting your smile and avoiding these traumatic injuries, we invite you to contact our office today and meet with our dentist. Until your appointment, you can consider your mouth guard options, and three of those options include:

Stock mouth guards
Stock mouth guards can be found at the local sporting goods store and they are preformed and ready to wear. However, these guards offer the least amount of protection and there is little you can do to make them fit better over your smile. Dentists don’t generally recommend this guard, but little protection is better than no protection.

Boil-and-bite mouth guards
Boil-and-bite mouth guards can be found at most sporting goods stores. This mouth guard offers a snug fit and thorough protection. It is made of thermoplastic material and it can easily transform into the shape of your smile. When you’re ready, just place the mouth guard in a bowl of boiling water. The water will soften the guard. Then, when it’s time, place the mouth guard in your mouth and bite down firmly. Use your tongue and fingers to apply pressure to the guard. After a few minutes, the guard will harden and transform into the perfectly fitted mouth guard.

Custom-made mouth guards
Custom-made mouth guards are designed to fit your individual smile and they are made in the dental office or dental lab. The creation process is simple and easy. First, your dentist will make impressions of your smile. Then, he will send the impressions to the dental lab where the guard will be created. Once the guard is made, it will be sent back and given to you.