What Are Mouthguards?
Mouthguards are customized devices used to protect your teeth from grinding or clenching while you sleep. You can also use mouthguards for protection from injuries while you play sports.
There are a few different types of mouthguards:
- Stock mouthguards typically only cover the top teeth and can be purchased in most drug stores.
- Boil-and-bite mouthguards involve (as the name suggests) boiling them to soften the material and biting down on them to mould them to your teeth.
- Custom-made mouthguards are the most effective if you’re looking for relief from sleep-related issues. These mouthguards provide the best fit and are the least likely to dislodge while you sleep.
The type of mouthguard you use depends heavily on what you intend to use it for. For most moderate-contact sports, a stock or boil-and-bite mouthguard should suffice. However, if you’re experiencing jaw pain or are looking to treat a specific issue, custom mouthguards are usually the better choice.