How To Choose The Right Mouthguard For You 

By Jupiter Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics

A mouthguard is an essential piece of protective equipment for athletes who participate in contact sports like football, hockey, and boxing. But with so many different types of mouthguards on the market, it can be difficult to know which is best suited for your needs. Let’s take a look at the various types of mouthguards available and the different uses they offer. 

The Different Types of Mouthguards 

Mouthguards come in three main varieties—stock, boil-and-bite, and custom-fitted. Stock mouthguards are preformed and ready-to-wear right out of the package. While these are relatively inexpensive, they tend to be bulky and uncomfortable. Boil-and-bite guards are made from a thermoplastic material that can be softened when placed in hot water, allowing you to customize the fit by biting down on the guard as it cools. Custom fitted mouthguards are made from a mold created by your dentist or an orthodontist. These offer superior comfort and protection but come at a much higher cost than stock or boil-and-bite models. 

Uses For Mouthguards 

Mouthguards are most commonly used to protect teeth from damage during contact sports like football and lacrosse. The same holds true for noncontact sports such as skateboarding, in-line skating, skiing and snowboarding where falls can also cause injury to the jaw and teeth area. In addition to protecting athletes’ teeth from chipping or cracking during physical activity, mouthguards also provide extra cushioning along the jaw line in case of impact injuries like concussions or broken jaws. Furthermore, some people use mouthguards to prevent teeth grinding (bruxism) while they sleep at night.   


When it comes to finding the right type of mouthguard for your needs, there are several factors you need to consider such as cost, level of protection needed, comfort level desired, and even individual style preferences (some guards come in fun colors!). With so many options available today—from stock models all the way up to custom fitted guards—you’re sure to find something that meets your needs perfectly! Remember though; no matter what type of guard you choose always make sure it fits properly for maximum protection! Good luck!

What types of mouthguards are available? 

There are three main types of mouthguards – pre-made, “boil and bite,” and custom-fitted. Pre-made mouthguards are store-bought and ready to wear, while boil and bite mouthguards mold to the wearer’s teeth after being immersed in hot water then cooled. Custom-fitted mouthguards are made by a dentist or orthodontist, using a dental impression kit. 

Who should wear a mouthguard? 

Mouthguards should be worn by anyone who participates in high impact contact sports such as football, hockey, lacrosse, boxing and martial arts as well as other activities such as skateboarding or rollerblading where there’s potential for injuries involving the teeth or face.

How often should I replace my mouthguard? 

It’s recommended that you have your mouthguard inspected each year by your dentist or orthodontist to ensure proper fit and protection for your teeth and gums. Depending on frequency of use and other factors, you may need to replace it more frequently than once per year.

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