Custom Mouthguards in Sterling Heights, MI

Play Sports? Protect Your Teeth With Dr. Smith

Are you an athlete who loves playing sports? You’ll want to protect your teeth from potential injuries. Dr. Charles Smith, a skilled dentist at Sterling Heights Dentistry in Sterling Heights, MI, offers custom-fitted mouthguards to keep your smile safe during sports activities.

Schedule your consultation with our Sterling Heights dentist by calling (586) 939-5151, and keep your smile protected so you can play confidently. 

What Are Mouthguards?

custom mouthguardsMouthguards are protective devices worn over your teeth to prevent injuries to your mouth, jaw, and gums. They cushion blows that might otherwise cause cuts, bruises, or knocked-out teeth. Customized mouthguards from Dr. Smith fit comfortably and allow for easy breathing and speaking.

Types of Mouthguards

There are several different types of mouthguards to choose from based on your specific needs and budget. The three types of mouthguards available are:

  • Stock Mouthguards: This is the most affordable and widely available mouthguard. With three sizes, small, medium, and large, stock mouthguards typically only cover the top teeth. While inexpensive and easily accessible, stock mouthguards can be uncomfortable due to their limited size options and don’t provide a tight fit. 
  • Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards: Similar to stock mouthguards, boil-and-bite guards are available at most drugstores and are relatively inexpensive. These mouthguards come in one size that you customize to your teeth. This will involve boiling the mouthguard until it softens, placing it over your front teeth, and biting down.
  • Custom Mouthguards: These personalized mouthguards are made by our Sterling Heights dentist. We’ll take an impression of your teeth and use it to create your mouthguard specifically for the structure of your teeth and mouth. This will provide a more precise fit than either stock or boil-and-bite mouthguards.

Benefits of Mouthguards

Mouthguards offer several advantages for athletes:

  • They protect your teeth from chips, cracks, and getting knocked out.
  • They safeguard your lips, tongue, and cheek lining from lacerations.
  • They absorb shock, which reduces the risk of jaw injuries and concussions.
  • They’re comfortable, lightweight, and allow for clear speaking and breathing.

Candidates for Mouthguards

If you or your child plays any sport with a risk of mouth injuries, you should consider getting a mouthguard. They are particularly recommended for contact sports like:

  • Football
  • Boxing
  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Martial arts

Even non-contact sports like gymnastics, skateboarding, and bicycling carry a risk of mouth injuries from falls. Mouthguards provide an extra layer of protection.

The Custom Mouthguard Process at Sterling Heights Dentistry

Precise Impressions 

Dr. Smith uses a special molding material to take accurate impressions of your upper and lower teeth and bite. He applies the putty-like substance before you bite down and carefully removes the mold after it sets. These impressions create a plaster model replicating your tooth positions and mouth shape. The model serves as the basis for molding your individualized mouthguard.

Customized Molding

The dental laboratory will use a thick, resilient plastic material in your choice of color. They heat and soften the plastic, then skillfully mold it over your tooth model.


Once molded, the laboratory will send your new appliance to our Sterling Heights dental office. You’ll try on the mouthguard, and Dr. Smith will make any minor adjustments needed to provide easy breathing and clear speech. Proper fit is essential to avoid obstructed airways.

Quality Checks

Before sending you home with your new custom mouthguard, Dr. Smith inspects it thoroughly. He confirms it meets his high standards for protection, retention, comfort, and durability.

Caring For Your Mouthguard

To keep your mouthguard in top condition, follow these tips:

  • Rinse it before and after each use.
  • Store it in a protective case when not in use.
  • Use denture-cleaning tablets to remove bacteria.
  • Don’t leave it in direct sunlight or hot water.
  • Replace it if it becomes worn or doesn’t fit properly.
  • Bring it to your regular dental checkups for inspection.

Frequently Asked Questions

Schedule Your Custom Mouthguard Consultation Today

Don’t let dental injuries disrupt your active lifestyle. Contact Sterling Heights Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Charles Smith about getting a custom mouthguard. Call our friendly team at (586) 939-5151 or request an appointment online

Protect your smile — get a mouthguard tailored just for you! We’re proud to help new and returning patients from the Detroit area, including Fraser, Troy, and Waldenburg, MI.

Sterling Heights Dentistry

33760 Dequindre Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48310

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