For a person who indulges or takes part in contact sports or athletic sports activities, the chances of getting injured during play cannot be negated. One of the most vulnerable parts of the body is the teeth. In order to protect them, it is highly recommended to wear mouthguards. Mouthguards are protective devices that prevent the teeth from getting severely injured like fractures in the jaw, broken tooth, etc. It is also used to prevent bruxism. Various types of mouthguards are available such as, stock mouthguards, mouth-formed mouthguards and custom-made mouthguards. Stock ones are the cheapest as they are ready made and may not be an exact fit for your mouth while custom-made ones are the best ones as they are tailor-made as per the shape of your mouth and hence offer the best protection.
Mouthguards are also known as mouth protector, mouth piece, night guard, gum guard, gum shield, bite splint, occlusal splint. Apart from sports and bruxism it is also used for chronic gingival disease, during bleaching of the teeth. They are removal dental appliances for both sets of teeth. There is a boil and bite type which is readymade and made of thermoplastic. It is heated in water and when it becomes soft it is moulded to fit into the individual’s teeth. This is the most popular type. The custom made ones are prepared in the lab after the dentist takes the impression. It is most effective and comfortable. The dentist will guide well which one is suitable.