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Protecting your teeth with a mouthguard while having fun during sports could save you from painful and costly dental damage. But many people skip this step and suffer from accidents that can lead to tooth loss.

However, our dentist, Dr. Sylvia A. Spradlin in Olathe, Kansas, offers mouthguards and understands the questions that arise when people are looking for one. To help you understand your mouthguard options, our office has provided you with some necessary information about them.

In a nutshell, there are three different types of mouthguards you can pick to protect your smile. These options include:

-Boil and bite mouthguards: Boil and bite mouthguards can be bought in numerous places and require special instructions before the first use. They can be molded around your teeth, but still, lack the support a professional custom-made mouthguard can offer.
-Stock mouthguards: Stock mouthguards are less expensive and are bought over-the-counter. As a result, many of these mouthguards don’t fit correctly because they are not designed for your teeth placement or dental structure.
-Custom-made mouthguards: These mouthguards are obtained through a visit to a dentist, who can create a mouthguard precisely designed for your teeth. This option is ideal because it is crafted and designed for your unique needs.

Mouthguards are imperative to use when you are out having fun with your favorite sport or activity. Without a mouthguard, if an accident does occur, you could be facing chipped or fractured teeth, gum damage, tooth loss, and many other complications that may have been avoided.

If you would like a mouthguard made just for you, please call our office today at 913-780-0123 to make an appointment. Our dental team is happy to provide you with one and take care of any other oral health needs you may have.