If you play a sport like lacrosse or hockey, chances are good that your league or school district requires you to wear a mouthguard. But if you play a sport or enjoy a recreational activity in which there could be impact to your face, you should consider wearing a mouthguard.
When it comes to mouthguards, you have three choices: stock, boil and bite and custom. Stock mouthguards can be found in many retail outlets and in sporting goods stores. These are the cheapest mouthguards available, but they also provide the least protection. These are ready to wear as soon as they are purchased. A boil and bite mouthguard is exactly what is sounds like. You place it in boiling water to soften it. Then after it cools enough, you bite down it so that it shapes itself to your bite. The protection it offers is slightly better than that of a stock mouthguard. If you want the best fit and the best protection, you should see our dentist, Dr. Reid Marshall for a custom mouthguard. These mouthguards are made from an impression of your teeth and are designed to specifically fit your smile.
If you need a mouthguard for sports, recreation or even for your job, we will be happy to see you. If you live in the Birmingham, Alabama area and would like to schedule an appointment at Marshall Family Dentistry.