different types of mouthguards

Different Types of Mouthguards

Protecting teeth against accidental damage while playing sports is best done by wearing a mouthguard. Not only do mouthguards help prevent damaged teeth but they also offer protection to the tongue, lips, gums and jaw. There are a number of types to select from:

  • Stock mouthguards are the least expensive and are bought pre-formed and ready to wear
  • Boil-and Bite mouthguards are softened in boiling water before insertion into the mouth where they mould to the shape of the teeth
  • Custom-made mouthguards are individually made by the dentist for a perfect fit

Custom-made mouthguards are “more expensive than the other versions” but offer the best fit and protection and you can find out more at https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/m/mouthguards?utm_source=mouthhealthyorg&utm_medium=mhteensrotator&utm_content=mouthguards.


Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.