Athletic activities and contact sports like football, hockey and boxing can pose a serious risk to your teeth. In the past many schools and athletic associations saw mouth guards as optional. As awareness has grown more places require athletes to wear mouth guards while participating in contact sports.
The most inexpensive option is a stock mouth guard. They are widely available at most sporting goods stores. You simply slip it into your mouth and you are ready to play. Unfortunately they are designed to for a generic fit. Most athletes complain they can make it hard to breathe while rarely gives a truly firm fit.
Boil and bite mouth guards usually cost a little bit more than stock mouth guards. They are made from a material that softens when soaked in boiling water. You bite down on them it firms up once it cools. These mouth guards do offer a little bit more of a custom fit but many athletes complain that they are bulky and interfere with breathing.
Your best option is a custom mouth guard fitted by your dentist to match your teeth and bite pattern. These pieces are made from a thermoplastic material that offers the best protection for your teeth and gums with natural breathing. The thermoplastic material is very durable materials and with proper care they can last for several years.
If you have questions about what type of mouth guard is right for you or you would like to be fitted for a custom mouth guard, please call us at 903-710-2309 to schedule an appointment.