Are Custom Sports Mouthguards Better?

Blonde boy holds a soccer ball behind a net while wearing a sports mouthguard

Playing sports is fun and rewarding, but there are risks. One of the biggest is getting hit in the mouth and damaging teeth. That’s why mouthguards are so important. There are different kinds of mouthguards, but custom ones are the best choice. In this blog post, you will learn about the 3 types of sports mouthguards for athletes of all ages.

  • Stock
  • Stock mouthguards come in set sizes. Most of the time, they don’t fit well, so they’re likely to fall out as you play. They’re also uncomfortable, so you may not want to wear the mouthguard at all. They offer the least amount of protection of the three types.

  • Boil-and-Bite
  • You can find these at local sporting goods stores. When you heat them and put them in your mouth, they mold to your smile. They’re usually pretty durable and better than stock mouthguards. However, they still don’t provide optimal protection.

  • Custom
  • Custom-fit mouthguards designed by dentists (like our team at Las Cruces Dental Solutions) are the best choice for any athlete. They are created specifically for the athlete’s bite, so they are incredibly comfortable and provide the best protection. While they do cost more than the other types, it’s worth it to guard your smile from potentially expensive and life-altering injuries.


    Nightguards are another type of mouthguard, but they are not worn during sports. Nightguards are for people who grind their teeth at night. These are custom-designed for maximum comfort so you can sleep well while protecting your teeth from damage.

    Smile Protection in Las Cruces, NM

    Mouthguard prices vary depending on your needs. When you come into our Las Cruces office, we’ll provide an estimate. Depending on your insurance, some of the costs may be covered. We also have financial options available if you don’t have insurance.

    Do you play sports or have a young athlete at home? Protecting an athlete’s teeth with a sports mouthguard is important so they can focus on the game instead of worrying about their oral health. We’re committed to crafting the best mouthguard for your bite. If you have any questions or want to schedule a consultation, contact us today!


    Invest in a custom mouthguard to protect your smile.

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