All About Mouth Guards

All About Mouth Guards

Do you or a loved one participate in sports or athletic activities? Are you making sure your smiles are as protected as possible? At Northwest Austin Family Dentistry, we recommend that any of our patients participating in athletics or sports wear a mouth guard in order to protect their smile and overall oral health. There are quite a few options when it comes to mouth guards, however we recommend a custom-fit mouth guard for maximum comfort and protection.

Stock Mouth Guards

Stock mouth guards can often be found in stores for relatively cheap and require no modification or fitting, you basically pop it in and hope that it protects your smile.

Boil and Bite Mouth Guards

Boil and bite mouth guards are fairly common among sports players and can be purchased in many stores, with boil and bite mouth guards you are required to modify and fit the mouth guard by boiling it and then biting down on it.

Lip Protector Mouth Guards

Lip protector mouth guards are extremely common among football players and are used to protect the smile and lips. Lip protector mouth guards are also one-size-fits all and can be considered “stock mouth guards”.

Mouth Guard for Braces

Certain mouth guards are designed specifically for patients that are undergoing orthodontic treatment while participating in sports and often protect the smile, braces and even lips. These can be store-bought or even custom-made.

Custom Mouth Guards

A custom mouth guard is designed specifically for your smile, oral health and needs. With our custom mouth guards in Northwest Austin, we create them per patient to ensure the most protection possible while also making sure the patient is comfortable and can properly communicate.