There are three types of mouthguards :
- The ready-made,or stock, mouthguard
- The mouth-formed “boil-and-bite” mouthguard
- The custom-made mouthguard made by dentist
All properly fitted mouthguards provide varying degrees of protection. A custom-fitted mouthguard professionally made in the dental office can be tailored to the demands of the athlete and the sport. The most effective mouthguard should have several featuers. It should be resilient, tear-resistant and comfortable. It also should fir properly, be durable and easy to clean, and not restrict your speech or breathing. A mouthguard strap can be fastened to most types of mouthguards. The strap protects against loss and allows the mouthguard to be suspended from a face mask when the athlete is not in play. Generally, a mouthguard covers only upper teeth. If you have a protruding jaw, your dentist may recommend that your lower teeth also be covered.