If you need to use a boil and bite mouthguard for teeth grinding or for sports, you should learn how to mold a mouthguard. Molding a mouth guard is so easy and it takes only several minutes. Just read this post to the end!
What is a boil and bite mouth guard?
A boil and bite mouth guard, also known as a “moldable” or “custom-fit” mouthguard, is a type of mouthguard that is designed to be molded to the shape of an individual’s teeth and gums. The process of molding the mouthguard involves heating the mouthguard in boiling water until it becomes soft and pliable, then placing it in the mouth and biting down on it to mold it to the shape of the teeth and gums. Once the mouthguard has cooled and hardened, it should fit snugly and comfortably in the mouth, providing a custom-fit.
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Boil and bite mouth guards are often made of thermoplastic materials, such as EVA or polyvinyl acetate, that can be softened and reshaped by heating.
They are available in different thicknesses and colors, and are relatively inexpensive compared to custom-made mouth guards by a dentist. They are typically used for sports and other activities that involve contact, such as martial arts and football.
Do I need a dentist to mold a mouthguard?
It is not necessary to visit a dentist to mold a boil and bite mouthguard, which is the most common type of over-the-counter mouthguard available. You can follow the instructions provided with the mouthguard to mold it at home using boiling water. This process is relatively simple and can be done by anyone.
However, if you have any dental issues or concerns, or if you are looking for a higher-quality, more durable, and better-fitting mouthguard, it may be a good idea to visit a dentist. Dentists can make custom-fit mouthguards that are tailored to your unique dental structure, which can provide a better fit and more protection than over-the-counter boil and bite mouthguards. Custom-fit mouth guards are made by taking an impression of your teeth and then fabricating a mouthguard to fit the teeth perfectly.
Additionally, if you have braces, it’s best to consult with your orthodontist before getting a mouth guard as over-the-counter mouthguards may not fit properly or may cause damage to the braces.
How to mold mouthguard
Here are the steps to mold a mouthguard:
1- Start by boiling water in a pot or kettle.
2- Once the water is at a boil, carefully place the mouthguard in the water, using tongs or a spoon to ensure that it is fully submerged.
3- Leave the mouthguard in the water for the amount of time specified on the packaging or in the instructions (usually around 2-3 minutes).
4- Carefully remove the mouthguard from the water with tongs or a spoon.
5- Quickly place the mouthguard in your mouth and press it firmly against your teeth and gums, using your fingers to mold it to the shape of your mouth.
6- Hold the mouthguard in place for the amount of time specified on the packaging or in the instructions (usually around 30 seconds).
7- Carefully remove the mouthguard from your mouth and place it in a container of cold water to cool and harden.
8- Once the mouthguard has cooled and hardened, remove it from the water and test it for fit and comfort. Trim any excess material as necessary.
Please note this is a general instructions, always check the instructions of the specific mouthguard you are using for accurate instructions and precautions.