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As you may already know, athletes with braces are still able to participate in sports, as long as they wear a mouthguard while doing so. If you are one who needs a mouthguard to protect your braces and your smile, we are happy to help you! There are many different mouthguards you can choose from, including:

Stock mouthguards
Stock mouthguards are going to be your cheapest and easiest option. They are generally available at your local sporting goods stores and they are ready to use right when you take them out of the package. However, they do tend to feel a bit bulky when athletes wear them, which makes it hard to breathe at times. They offer minimal protection and they fit a wide variety of smiles.

Boil-and-bite mouthguards
Boil-and-bite mouthguards can be made to fit your specific smile. Once you purchase the guard at the store, you will need to put it into a pot of boiling water, place it into your mouth, and firmly bite down. Then, you will apply pressure to the guard with your tongue and fingers. This will shape the guard to fit your smile perfectly. Once the guard cools, it will harden into shape. This guard offers moderate protection and it is made of a rubber-like material.

Custom-made mouthguards
Custom-made mouthguards are the best option when it comes to choosing an appliance that fits your smile perfectly and offers complete protection. However, it is the most expensive. Your dentist or orthodontist will create this mouthguard for you after impressions have been made of your teeth and appliance. The impressions will be used to create your mouthguard in the dental lab.

All three of these guards can help you protect your smile—all you need to do is choose one! If you need help picking the best mouthguard for your oral cavity, or if you would like to talk to Dr. Skeet Burris, Travis Fiegle & Katie Pluckett about a custom-made mouthguard, call Winning Orthodontic Smiles today and schedule an appointment. Simply dial (843) 525-6228 and talk to a member of our friendly dental team. We are happy to help you in any way we can!