Mouthguards: The Three Appliances that Can Protect Your Smile

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Mouthguards in Grand Rapids, Michigan, are strong, reliable appliances that cover your teeth and protect your smile. It’s best to wear a mouthguard while you participate in contact sports and activities. This is important because the guard will prevent tooth injury when hard, forceful objects hit your smile.

There are many different types of mouthguards you can choose from, and some of those guards are:

Stock mouthguards: A stock mouthguard is available at most sporting goods stores. It’s the cheapest and easiest option available, especially because it’s already preformed and ready to be worn. All you need to do is take it out of the package and put it on your teeth. However, because the guard is performed, there is little you can do to change its shape and fit.

Boil-and-bite mouthguards: A boil-and-bite mouthguard is also available at most sporting goods stores, but you can slightly adjust the fit. Because it’s made of thermoplastic material, it will soften when heated. So, all you need to do is put it in boiling water, put it in your mouth, and then apply pressure to it with your fingers and tongue. Once it cools, it will harden to the shape of your smile.

Custom-fitted mouthguards: A custom-fitted mouthguard is designed for you and it is made by your dentist. Because of the special material used and the extra time and work involved in creating the guard, it will provide pristine protection and comfort.

As you can see, there are plenty of products you can use to protect your mouth. So, please pick one up or schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Joseph Szymczak, regarding a custom mouthguard. We are happy to help you in any way we can, so please call MI Roots Family Dental at 616-453-0002 today.