Types of Mouth Guards

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Do you play sports? Did you know that dental injuries could the most common type of facial injuries that occurs in sports? Mouth guards may be recommended in sports that may involve flying equipment, falls or body contact which could cause injury to your mouth. An estimated 200,000 or more oral injuries may be prevented every year because of mouth guards.

Normally, mouth guards cover the upper teeth to help protect your mouth from chipped or broken teeth, cut lips or other damage to your mouth. There are three different options that you can choose from for this piece of safety equipment: boil and bite, stock and custom-made mouth guards.

-Boil and bite: Even though this comes pre-formed, you can alter it by boiling it in water and biting into the warm plastic for a customized fit. Found in many sporting goods stores, they may provide you with a better fit than the stock option, but you need to follow the directions carefully or you could get a poor-fitting mouth guard.
-Stock: An inexpensive option that comes pre-formed and ready to wear. They may not fit right, may seem bulky and can make breathing or talking more difficult.
-Custom-made: As the name implies, these are custom-made for your smile and may be the most likely to provide a comfortable fit. To do this, Dr. Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC may need to take an impression of your smile.

If you would like to know more about mouth guards in Tucson, Arizona, or the surrounding areas, please call Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC a call at 520-298-5556 to set up a consultation to discuss your options. We want to help protect your smile so you can continue to do the activities that you enjoy.