Different types of mouth guards
There are a variety of different mouth guards on the market these days, but basically they fall into 2 different groups: Those that are off the shelf and those that are custom made.
Mouth-formed mouth guards
These mouth guards come as a shell-liner and “boil-and bite” product. The shell is lined with acrylic or rubber. When placed in an athlete’s mouth, the protector’s lining material moulds to the teeth and is allowed to set. The lining of the “boil-and-bite” mouth guard is immersed in boiling water for 10-45 seconds, transferred to cold water and then adapted to the teeth. While they are less expensive than custom-made guards, the fit is not as good and they generally do not last as long. If you choose a boil and bite mouth guard you are required to wear a connecting strap to the face mask, this is because they do not fit as well and tend to fall out of the mouth.
Custom-made mouth guards
This is by far the best choice for mouth guards, they are custom-made by your Denturist. It offers the best protection, fit and comfort level because it is made from a cast to fit your teeth. An impression is taken of your mouth, the mouth guard material is vacuum formed on the model and then hand trimmed to provide a comfortable fit.
There are different types of custom mouth guards, depending on the type of material used from high-end such as Pro-form to less expensive types. You should ask the person making the mouth guard what kind they use and your decision should be based on need and budget. With a custom mouth guard you are not required to wear a connecting strap.
ProForm mouth guard Advantages:
Oxygen – for maximum performance and endurance.
Speech – for clear communication on the field.
Comfort – natural and secure fit
Protection – maximum impact dispersion and protection against tooth damage.
Professional Fit – made for a perfect fit to any size mouth
Cool styles & colors!
Don’t settle for boil and bite… Choose a professional product that will protect your teeth and provide the proper fit you need!