Is An Over The Counter Mouth Guard Better Than A Custom One?
Posted on 1/25/2019 by WDG Office
A mouth guard is an important dental tool for people who play sports or those who grind their teeth. There are several options available, including over the counter and custom options. While there are pros and cons to each, when it comes to the safety of your teeth, a custom-fitted mouth guard is the better choice.
Custom-fitted mouth guards tend to be better at protecting the teeth than store-bought options. That's because an over the counter mouth guard is available in a standard size that is not customized for your unique bite and teeth.
It may not fit snugly against the teeth as intended, and it could shift out of place and even fall out of the mouth. On the other hand, a custom-made mouth guard will sit in place perfectly against your teeth.
Cost Over the counter mouth guards – both stock and boil and bite options – are readily available in sporting goods stores, and they are affordable. However, they may not last as long as the stronger, custom options.
A custom mouth guard created in a dental office tends to be more expensive, but when you consider how well they protect your teeth, they are a wise investment. Superior protection will reduce the risk of damage to the teeth, which could lead to some expensive dental repairs further down the road.
Availability Over the counter mouth guards are easily available in any sporting goods store. So, if you need a mouth guard immediately for an upcoming game, you would be able to find one quickly. A custom-fitted mouth guard takes longer to make, as they are usually constructed in a dental laboratory.
Are you interested in a custom mouth guard, or do you need more information about your options? If so, give our office a call today to learn more.
Wauwatosa Dental Group
Location Midwest Dental Wauwatosa 2600 North Mayfair Road Suite 750 Wauwatosa, WI 53226