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Our Creekside Dental Ellensburg dental team cares for you and your smile, which is why we strongly recommend protecting your smile with a mouthguard in Ellensburg, Washington, while you are active.

Mouthguards are strong, reliable appliances that can prevent tooth injury when hard, forceful objects hit your smile. So, it’s best to wear a mouthguard whenever you participate in high-contact sports or activities.

There are many different mouthguards available in the world today, and some of those mouthguards include:

Stock mouthguards: A stock mouthguard can be found at most sporting goods stores. This is an easy and inexpensive option because it’s preformed and ready to be worn. All you need to do is take it out of its packaging and put it right into your mouth. Please remember that it might feel bulky and there is little you can do to adjust the fit.

Boil-and-bite mouthguards: A boil-and-bite mouthguard is also available at most sporting goods stores, but you can slightly adjust the fit. Because it’s made of thermoplastic material, it will soften when heated. So, all you need to do is put it in boiling water, put it in your mouth, and then apply pressure to it with your fingers and tongue. Once it cools, it will harden to the shape of your smile.

Custom-fitted mouthguards: A custom-fitted mouthguard is one of your best options when it comes to mouthguards. This appliance is custom made for you and your smile, and it provides optimal protection and comfort. When you come into our office, your dentist will take an impression of your smile. Then, he will send that impression to the dental lab where your custom mouthguard will be created. Because it is made based on the shape of your mouth, it won’t feel bulky and you won’t have a hard time breathing when it’s protecting your smile.

As you can see, there are many guards that are available to help you prevent smile injury. So, please remember to pick one up at the store or schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Forrest Packard, regarding a custom-fitted mouthguard. We are happy to help you!