When playing contact sports, having the right gear is crucial to one’s safety. Mouthguards are meant to protect the teeth but not all are made equally so it is important to choose which one is right for you to get optimum protection. Since there are several kinds of mouthguards,
- Stock mouthguard: The main selling points of this product are price and accessibility since it is the most affordable kind of mouthguard and is normally available in any typical sporting goods store. It is “ready to wear”, meaning you just put it on. However, this means you cannot adjust the piece to fit your teeth precisely so it will either be too tight around the gums to cause discomfort so you end up taking it off or it will constantly slip off your mouth. In other words, a stock mouthguard usually ends up not being used so you may want to consider the next option.
- Boil and Bite mouthguard: This mouthpiece can also be found in sporting goods stores and are also quite affordable. However, it offers much better protection than a stock mouthguard because you can adjust its fit. By simply dipping it in boiling water for a few seconds, the mouthpiece becomes pliable so you can mold it around your teeth to give it better fit than stock mouthguards. Unfortunately, some people don’t do a good job in forming the mouthguard so it may be a good idea to ask a dentist Houston to help you.
- Custom mouthguards: You can get these mouthpieces from your dentist office in Houston, usually within a week. This option offers the best protection as they are made to fit the teeth and can be adjusted if requested. Custom mouthguards with triple lamination is recommended as it protects the teeth while allowing the player to breathe properly. As you make your choice in which mouthguard to use, always keep in mind that the quality of the mouthpiece will determine the level of protection you will get.
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