Choosing the Right Mouth Guard for Sports

Choosing the Right Mouth Guard for Sports

May 24, 2023

Custom-Fit vs. Store-Bought Options

Mouth guards play a crucial role in protecting your teeth and preventing dental injuries during sports activities. With various options available, it’s essential to choose the right mouth guard for your specific sport and individual needs. In this blog post, we will guide you on how to select the right mouth guard, discussing the differences between custom-fit and store-bought options, and emphasizing the importance of proper fit and protection.

Custom-Fit vs. Store-Bought Mouth Guards

  1. Custom-Fit Mouth Guards: Custom-fit mouth guards are designed specifically for your unique dental structure, providing a more comfortable and secure fit compared to store-bought alternatives. These mouth guards are crafted by dental professionals using precise dental impressions, ensuring optimal protection and durability. Custom-fit mouthguards are ideal for athletes who require the highest level of protection and comfort during sports activities.
  2. Store-Bought Mouth Guards: Store-bought mouth guards, also known as “boil and bite” or “off-the-shelf” mouth guards, are pre-made and can be found at most sporting goods stores. While these mouth guards are more affordable than custom-fit options, they may not provide the same level of comfort, protection, and durability. Store-bought mouth guards are best suited for individuals who require basic protection during low-impact sports or as a temporary solution.

Choosing the Right Mouth Guard for Your Sport

  1. Consider the level of impact: High-impact sports, such as football, hockey, and boxing, require a higher level of protection compared to low-impact sports, such as swimming or golf. If you participate in high-impact sports, a custom-fit mouth guard is the best option to ensure maximum protection and comfort.
  2. Assess your dental needs: If you have braces, dental appliances, or specific dental concerns, a custom-fit mouth guard may be necessary to accommodate your unique needs and provide the best protection.
  3. Evaluate comfort and fit: A mouth guard that fits properly and comfortably is more likely to be worn consistently, ensuring maximum protection during sports activities. Custom-fit mouth guards offer superior comfort and fit compared to store-bought options.
  4. Consult with a dental professional: Discuss your specific sport and dental needs with a dental professional who can guide you in choosing the right mouth guard for your situation. They can also help you with the process of obtaining a custom-fit mouth guard if necessary.

Choosing the right mouth guard for your specific sport is essential for preventing dental injuries and ensuring optimal protection during sports activities. Custom-fit mouth guards offer superior comfort, fit, and protection compared to store-bought options, making them the best choice for athletes who require the highest level of protection. Consult with your dental professional to determine the best mouth guard option for your sport and individual needs, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your smile is protected.


  1. Physiological effects of wearing mouthguards by K. Francis and J. Brasher. This study measures the ventilatory and gas exchange effects of wearing a mouthguard. It concludes that although mouthguards may be perceptibly uncomfortable and restrict certain physiological parameters, they do not significantly change oxygen consumption during exercise. Full text here.
  2. Common Dental Injury Management in Athletes by Eliot J Young, C. Macias, Lindsay Stephens. This paper discusses common dental injuries in sports and the role of mouth guards in preventing these injuries. It emphasizes the importance of a proper fit and the use of mouth guards in sports that incur significant risk. Full text here.
  3. Orofacial injuries and mouth guard use in elite commando fighters by Y. Zadik and L. Levin. This study reports that commando fighters are highly predisposed to dental trauma, and it emphasizes the importance of promoting mouth protection devices for high-risk populations. Full text here.
  4. Enhancement of smile design improve the patient’s quality of life with fully documented esthetic case history by T. Jamal. This case report discusses the impact of an attractive smile on a person’s self-esteem and social life. Full text here.
  5. Traumatic Dental Injuries Resulting from Sports Activities; Immediate Treatment and Five Years Follow-Up: An Observational Study by E. Spinas, A. Mameli, L. Giannetti. This study involves a group of athletes who had dental injuries of varying severity. It focuses on the average recovery time for different lesions and identifies any association with complications. Full text here.
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