Who Should Receive a Mouth Guard from a Sports Dentist?
While over-the-counter mouth guards including those of the stock or boil and bite variety, are often very low cost, they do not provide the same level of protection as a custom mouth guard because they do not fit properly. Since store-bought mouth guards are not customized to your bite in any way, they do not account for existing dental conditions or changes that may occur in the bite such as erupting teeth. This is especially important for children and adolescents. A custom mouth guard provided by your sports dentist will account for all the unique aspects of your bite for a comfortable and effective fit.