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If you’re an athlete who is currently transforming your smile with braces, good for you! We’re happy to see you take steps toward your perfect smile. However, your treatment will only be successful if you avoid injury by protecting your teeth and orthodontic appliance with a mouthguard while you participate in your sporting activity. If you don’t currently have a mouthguard, please consider the following appliances:

Stock mouthguards
Stock mouthguards are the easiest and cheapest option. They are generally found at the local sporting goods stores and they are ready to be used as soon as you take them out of the package. The guard is meant to fit a wide variety of smiles, so it may be a bit bulky when you wear it. It offers minimal protection and it fits over your orthodontic appliance.

Boil-and-bite mouthguards
Boil-and-bite mouthguards can also be purchased at your local sporting goods store. This guard is a little more custom fit compared to the stock mouthguard. When you mold this appliance, you will place it into a bowl of boiling water. Then, when the material has softened, you will put the guard in your mouth and you will bite down. Use your fingers and tongue to apply pressure to the guard. The material will then cool, hardening into the shape of your smile.

Custom-made mouthguards
Custom-made mouthguards are generally the most expensive option, but they fit perfectly over the smile as well as the braces. These guards also offer full protection. Your dentist or orthodontist will create this guard for you and will make it a thin, smooth appliance that is comfortable to wear.

Now that you know all about the different types of mouthguards available, it’s time to choose one and finally protect your smile! If you have any questions or if you would like mouthguard recommendations, call Comfort Dental Excellence now and talk to Dr. Kevin Harris. If you simply dial 281.376.4533, our friendly dental team will be happy to help you. We look forward to hearing from you!