Mouthguards are becoming more and more popular thanks to contact sports. While this is one of the main reasons why someone would purchase a mouthguard, there are many different reasons why you would need one.
For many mouthguard users, they don’t always do their research to find out what would be the best mouthguard for their needs. This is where boil and bite mouthguards come in. A cheap option that many people use when they need a mouthguard.
So, are boil and bite mouthguards a bad idea? In this article, we’ll explore what boil and bite mouthguards are and why they’re not the brightest idea for your everyday or sporting use.
What is a boil and bite mouthguard?
A boil and bite mouthguard is usually bought from a supermarket or chemist. It’s a cheap alternative to other mouthguards, which is why it is so popular. To mould the mouthguard all you have to do is boil it in a pot of water until the plastic softens enough to be moulded to your mouth and teeth. This is done by simply biting down with the soft mouthguard in your mouth. After that, you let it cool and there’s your mouthguard!
Is a boil and bite mouthguard good for contact sports?
In short, no. While boil and bite mouthguards may help soften the blow a bit they are not designed or made in such as way as to provide enough protection if you take a hit to the mouth. Wearers often find them to be extremely uncomfortable to wear and in some cases won’t wear them at all. Common injuries while wearing boil and bite mouthguards include:
- Cut lips and gums
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Teeth that are knocked out
- Broken jaws
Can injuries be avoided when wearing a proper mouthguard?
Not all mouth injuries can be avoided however, a “proper” mouthguard will help reduce the damage. The point of a mouthguard is to absorb the shock that comes with a hit to the mouth as well as protecting teeth from damage. Cheap mouthguards are usually made from hard plastic that is uncomfortable to wear while playing sports as they don’t fit your mouth properly, even if you have used the boil and bite method.
What is a “proper” mouthguard?
A “proper” mouthguard is a mouthguard made and fitted by a dentist or specially trained technician. If you are considering a mouthguard then it is strongly advised that you seek professional help. The reason for this is your dentist will make sure you have a superior guard that fits perfectly and will protect your teeth and mouth better than anything else on the market. They are slightly more expensive than cheaper supermarket versions but are well worth the investment.
My Kids Only Have Baby Teeth, They Don’t Need a Mouthguard Yet
This is a very common mistake that parents make. Just because your child has baby teeth doesn’t mean you can risk any potential mouth damage. Baby teeth pave the way for second teeth, and any major damage done to baby teeth can cause problems well into adulthood. If you are concerned about your child’s teeth always make sure you speak to your dentist.
Where Can I Get a Mouthguard?
At Aesthetic Dentures, we specialise in making mouthguards. Our team are highly trained to make the best mouthguard possible. Our team work with you to ensure your new guard is comfortable to wear and fits to perfection.
If you would like more information about having a mouthguard made or have damage to teeth caused by playing sport, contact Aesthetic Dentures. Our dentists can get you back to a perfect smile before you know it.