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As you transform your smile as well as participate in sports, it’s important that you do everything you can to protect your teeth and your smile. The best way to do so is by wearing a mouthguard as you play. Mouthguards are small, portable appliances that fit over your smile and protect it from the hard, forceful objects that hit it. There are many different types of mouthguards available in the world today, including:

Stock mouthguards
Stock mouthguards are generally found at your local sporting goods store. This option is the cheapest guard available, and it keeps the smile and appliance from being harmed. However, many find this guard to be bulky, which makes it difficult to breathe while wearing it.

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 the best option available when it comes to full protection and comfort. However, it is the most expensive. This type of guard is made by your dentist or orthodontist and it is meant to fit over your specific smile. It offers full protection and it prevents oral injury. It also fits comfortably in the mouth and makes it easy to breathe while wearing it.

Whether you choose the stock, boil-and-bite, or the custom-made mouthguard, you are choosing to protect your smile, which is the best step you can take. If you need suggestions or if you would like to know more, please contact 804-740-7281 today and talk to a member of our wonderful Richmond Orthodontics team. We care for your smile and we will be happy to help you make the best mouthguard decision possible. Dr. Bryan Brassington, Dr. Curt Wiltshire, or Dr. Kevin Bibona will also be happy to meet with you if you simply schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you!