At Summit Pointe Dental in Jackson, MI, we can set you up with a custom-fitted mouthguard. These are the ones recommended by dentists as they’re made specifically for each individual. We measure the dimensions of your teeth and oral cavity to create the perfect mouthguard.
We wouldn’t recommend that you use over-the-counter mouthguards here at Summit Pointe Dental. These don’t provide any protection because they’re not designed to fit your teeth properly. They’ll also be very difficult to wear as they’re bulky and can make breathing harder.
If you want a reasonably fitting mouthguard and don’t want to spend too much money getting a custom-fitted one, you can go for boil and bite mouthguards. You can get these at department stores. They get softer when you put them in hot water so you can then put them in your mouth to shape them.
Mouthguards are mainly used by two categories of people: those who play sports and those who grind their teeth at night. If you play sports, getting a mouthguard would be a good idea to protect your teeth from any potential damage. This is particularly true if you play contact sports.
People who grind their teeth at night should also invest in custom-fitted mouthguards. Wearing a mouthguard while you sleep will protect your teeth. It’ll also restrict movement and can protect your temporomandibular joint too.
Mouthguards can be worn by people who wear braces. If you’re going to participate in activities and are worried about them getting damaged, you can wear a mouthguard on top of them with no issues. They should be custom-fitted though, as over-the-counter mouthguards might harm your braces.
Understandably, many people can be attracted to getting an over-the-counter mouthguard and hoping it fits fine, but it rarely does. You can get a boil and bite mouthguard if you don’t want to go to the dentist for a custom-fitted one. On the other hand, if you don’t mind visiting the dentist or the cost, a custom-fitted mouthguard is the best option.