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.


Mouthguard care:

  • 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.