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Braces are a huge investment in your smile, which is why it is very important to protect your teeth and orthodontic appliance while you are participating in sports and transforming your smile. One way you can protect your oral cavity from injuries and accidents is by wearing a sports mouthguard while you are active. There are many different types of mouthguards you can choose from, including:

Stock mouthguards
Stock mouthguards are your cheapest option and you can generally find them at the local sporting goods store. These guards are ready to go right when you take them out of their package. This is a quick and easy option of protecting your smile. However, many find this option to be bulky, which might make it difficult to breathe when using it.

Boil-and-bite mouthguards
Boil-and-bite mouthguards fit a little better than stock mouthguards do. This type of guard molds into the shape of your smile and it fits right over your braces. All you need to do in order to shape the guard is place it into a boiling pot of water. Then, when the material softens, put it into your mouth and firmly bite down. Use your tongue and fingers to apply pressure to the appliance. The guard will then cool down, hardening into the shape of your smile and braces.

Custom-made mouthguards
Custom-made mouthguards are generally the most expensive option, but they fit perfectly over the smile as well as the braces. These guards also offer full protection. Your dentist or orthodontist will create this guard for you and will make it a thin, smooth appliance that is comfortable to wear.

These mouthguards can help you in more ways than you know—all you need to do is simply pick one. If you need suggestions or if you would like to talk to Dr. L. C. Chilimigras about a custom-made mouthguard, please call 269-964-7660 now and talk to a member of our Lakeview Dental Care team. We are happy to help you choose the best mouthguard for your smile!