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Your smile faces many risks–and not just from poor oral hygiene or an unhealthy diet. Your teeth can be harmed by high-contact sports and activities if they are hit with a ball, elbow, or helmet, potentially resulting in severe oral injury. Our dentist and team strongly encourage you to receive a custom sports mouth guard to protect your oral structures.

There are many options when choosing a mouth guard, and three main types of mouth guards you can try. These are stock, boil-and-bite, and custom-made mouth guards. Stock mouth guards are purchased already able to be worn, and are fairly inexpensive at just about any sporting goods stores.

You can often find boil-and-bite mouth guards alongside the stock guards. Made with a thermoplastic material, these mouth guards can conform to your smile after they are softened in boiling water and then shaped around your teeth with the help of your fingers and tongue.

Our dentist offers custom-made mouth guards at Stanley Hometown Dentistry LLC, which are designed just for your smile. Only these mouth guards can offer full protection for your smile because they are designed to sit properly when worn.

Even if you don’t play sports, you may benefit from a mouth guard if you suffer from bruxism, which is a habit of teeth grinding. Dr. James Gunelson may instruct you to wear the mouth guard during sleep so that the pressure of grinding doesn’t wear down and break your teeth.

For more information about mouth guards in Stanley, Wisconsin, and whether they are right for you, please call Stanley Hometown Dentistry LLC at 715-644-3601 to schedule your personal consultation today!