Mouthguards are devices used to protect your teeth from grinding or clenching while you sleep or from injuries while you play sports. They can also help to reduce snoring and relieve obstructive sleep apnea.
However, not all mouthguards are the same. There are three main types, depending on your needs.
A stock mouthguard is the most widely available and affordable type of mouthguard. You can find them at most sporting goods stores and drug stores. They usually come in small, medium, and large sizes and fit over your teeth. Most stock mouthguards only cover your top teeth.
Similar to stock mouthguards, boil-and-bite mouthguards are sold in most drugstores and are relatively inexpensive. Instead of coming in a few sizes, boil-and-bite mouthguards come in one size that you can customize to fit your teeth. This involves boiling the mouthguard until it softens and then placing it over your front teeth and biting down.
You can also get a mouthguard custom-made by our dentist. They’ll take a mold of your teeth and use it to create a mouthguard specifically for the structure of your teeth and mouth. This provides a much better fit than either a stock or boil-and-bite mouthguard does, which makes them more comfortable and harder to accidentally dislodge while you’re sleeping.