Do you participate in high-contact sports and activities? Then you risk hard, forceful objects or even people hitting your mouth and cause oral injury. This is why it’s strongly recommended to wear a mouth guard while you’re active.
There are many kinds of of mouth guards you can use. These include stock mouth guards, boil-and-bite mouth guards, and custom-made mouth guards. The stock mouth guards can be immediately taken out of the package. They are inexpensive and can be found at most sporting goods stores, however, they don't protect very well.
Boil-and-bite mouth guards can also be found at sporting goods stores and they are made from a thermoplastic material. You can personalize them by softening it in hot water, placing it in your mouth to shape it, and then letting it cool. They are customizable but they may not be very durable and don't protect as well as custom made mouth guards.
Custom-made mouth guards are molded just for you and it will fit perfectly. Dr. Peter McPherson will take an impression of your smile which will then be sent to a lab where your unique mouth guard will be created. This is a durable way to fully protect your smile all while allowing you to properly breathe.