Mouth Guards – The Bad, the Good, and the Best Mouth Guard

So you’ve decided that you need a mouth guard. Not just any mouth guard. You’re looking for the best mouth guard!

Maybe you’re an athlete or maybe you grind your teeth at night, or maybe both. Maybe you already use a mouth guard, and you want an upgrade or a replacement. Whatever your circumstances, you’ve made a good choice. Take care of your teeth, and they’ll take care of you.

But where to begin? Worry not. Sentinel Mouthguards is happy to lay it all out for you and demystify the process of finding the best mouth guard for you.

We understand your need for the best mouth guard. If you’re an athlete or just trying to get a good nights’ rest wearing a night mouth guard, you need to be able to do what you do without being worried about a mouth guard that is too big for you or too thick or just plain uncomfortable.

In essence, there are three types of mouth guards: bad, good, and great. If those labels seem a bit judgmental, that’s because they are. When it comes to the health and well-being of your most precious bodily aperture (your mouth), we think you should get only the straight dope. And just like Roy Jones Jr., we don’t pull any punches.

While you may find some of the popular information on mouth guards to be obscure, irrelevant, or even contradictory, you can rest assured that the key factor that determines the quality of your mouth guard is actually pretty simple (even obvious): fit.

Below is a rundown of your main quality and fit options.

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Bad.

Also known as “stock” mouthguards. Sometimes, you can “customize” these by cutting them with scissors if they’re too big… Ugh. They generally don’t fit very well, they’re usually uncomfortable, and they’re pretty much useless. It’s best to avoid this type of mouth guard.

In a nutshell:

  • Buy it.

  • Take it out of the package.

  • Stuff it in your mouth.

  • Try not to choke.

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Good.

You may have heard these described as “boil-and-bite”. These aren’t bad for certain uses and budgets. They do offer some degree of customization over “stock” guards, and they’re generally inexpensive. They’re made of a thermoplastic material, which is a fancy way of saying that they change shape when heated. This type of guard provides a level of customization, though limited when compared to custom-built mouth guards (see below).

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In a nutshell:

  • Buy it.

  • Take it out of the package.

  • Boil it.

  • Bite it.

  • Cool it.

  • Wear it.

Great.

This is where Sentinel Mouthguards comes in. Again, it’s all about customization. Where Good mouth guards provide some degree of personal fit, Great mouth guards are handmade specifically for you. In a laboratory. Pretty cool, right? This type also has more options for materials and thickness, to guarantee that they’re spot-on for your individual needs. And the kicker is that while this kind of mouth guard is usually crafted by a dentist with a hefty price tag to cover overhead, dental school loans, and who know what else, it doesn’t have to be that way.

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In a nutshell:

  • Receive your materials in the mail.

  • Make your own mouth impression.

  • Send the impression to Sentinel Mouthguards.

  • We build a custom mold of your mouth.

  • We use the custom mold to build a custom mouthguard.

  • We mail it back to you.

  • You get a one-year guarantee that your mouthguard woes are a thing of the past.

  • You rejoice.

We hope this article has helped you decide what kind of mouthguard is right for you. If you’re still unsure, get in touch with Sentinel Mouthguards and we’ll be glad to talk you through it. The bottom line: “Boil-and-bite” mouthguards aren’t bad, but custom-built mouth guards are better. In fact, they’re the best mouth guard. Oh! And when you’re finished here check out this article on custom mouthguards & their superior protective qualities.

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