Mouthguards have multiple ways that they can protect people, from athletes of contact sports, such as football, soccer, hockey, or basketball, to non-athletes, just simply people who wish to stop grinding their jaws in their sleep. There are different types of mouthguards, those that are OTC, over-the-counter, and those who are custom fitted. Custom fitted mouthguards are overall more effective in areas of performance, with the only downside being the wait time for the mouthguard to be constructed and shipped. OTC mouthguards are much quicker, and can be somewhat custom fitted, although not as tightly as truly custom mouthguards.
- A mouthguard can be important protection in many contact sports.
- There are many types– custom-made or over-the-counter, which a consumer will pick based on price and need.
- Custom-made mouthguards are better at preventing serious injury and have a better fit.
“They typically cover your upper teeth and help protect the soft tissues of your lips, tongue and cheek lining. Since your top teeth stick out more, they may take the impact of trauma. Your bottom teeth are further back, so they have more built-in protection than your two front teeth.”