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Mouth Guards

Mouth guards are an essential piece of protective gear that have two main functions – firstly, protecting your teeth, jaw and face in physical sports settings, and secondly, protecting your teeth at night for those that suffer from bruxism, or sleeping with a grinding or clenching habit.

So don’t let your smile take a hit – protect it with a mouth guard!

What is the purpose of a mouth guard?

A mouth guard is a mouthpiece or shield worn over your teeth while participating in physical contact sports and recreational activities, or while sleeping. Athletic mouth guards provide protection against impacts that can occur during physical activity, helping to reduce the risk of tooth fractures, mouth lacerations, lip tears, jaw injuries, and concussions. On the other hand, night mouth guards prevents grinding and clenching of teeth which can cause tooth damage, headaches, jaw pain and Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder.

What is the best athletic mouth guard?

The benefits of wearing mouth guards while participating in sports or recreational activities

Mouth guards are an essential part of any sports or recreational activity, and every athlete should be wearing them. Don’t worry, we know it’s not the most stylish item in your arsenal, but they can literally save you from a broken jaw or a traumatic dental injury! From football to basketball – even if you don’t participate in contact sports, mouth guards are also important for anyone who play any team or individual sports regularly. Wearing a mouth guard can even help reduce the risk of concussions as it helps brace some of the impact.

Different types of athletic mouth guards

Custom mouth guards

These mouth guards are made from molds created in a dentist’s office specifically for your mouth. They are the most protective type of mouth guard and will provide the best fit, as they are designed to fit comfortably in your mouth while still providing maximum protection.

Stock mouth guards

These mouth guards come ready to wear and are available in a variety of sizes. They generally provide less protection and a less comfortable fit than custom mouth guards, but are a much more affordable option.


Boil and bite mouth guards

These mouth guards come pre-formed but can be molded to the shape of your mouth by submerging them in boiling water before wearing. They offer more protection than stock mouth guards and provide better comfort than stock as well.

What is the best mouth guard for teeth grinding?

The benefits of wearing mouth guards while sleeping

Mouth guards are also essential for those who suffer from bruxism, or subconscious grinding and clenching of the teeth during sleep. Wearing a night mouth guard can help protect your teeth from damage caused by this condition. Not only will it help reduce the wear and tear on your teeth, but it can also help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with bruxism, such as headaches, jaw pain, and TMJ Syndrome.

Different types of night mouth guards

When it comes to choosing the right mouth guard for sleeping, you have two main options:

Custom mouth guards

Custom mouth guards are generally recommended for those with severe bruxism and offer the most protection of your teeth.

Stock mouth guards

Over-the-counter mouth guards can be a good option if your bruxism is mild to moderate. They are made of softer materials and offer less protection, but they are much more affordable than custom mouth guards.


No matter which type of mouth guard you choose, it’s important to make sure it fits properly and comfortably in your mouth so that it can provide the best protection. Be sure to consult with your dentist or physician to find out which mouth guard is right for you. With mouth guards, the phrase “better safe than sorry” holds true – so don’t take any chances when it comes to protecting your mouth and teeth!

What is the best mouth guard for jaw pain?

The benefits of wearing occlusal mouth guards for those with jaw pain or Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder

Mouth guards are also recommended for those who suffer from Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder. This is a condition that is caused by the inflammation of the jaw muscles and joints, resulting in pain and discomfort in the mouth and face area. Wearing an occlusal mouth guard can help reduce the strain on your jaw muscles and give you some relief from TMJ disorders.

Different types of occlusal mouth guards

Similar to night guards for bruxism, you have two main options when choosing the right mouth guard for TMJ treatment:

Custom mouth guards

These mouth guards are designed specifically to fit your mouth and provide the best protection. They can also be altered by your dentist as your jaw adjusts to the mouth guard. These are more expensive but are usually harder and tighter, which better prevents your TMJ/TMD from worsening and provides greater relief.

Stock mouth guards

These mouth guards are less expensive than custom mouth guards, but they offer less protection. They can be effective in relieving TMJ symptoms, but you may need to replace them more often as your jaw adjusts.


Be sure to consult with your dentist or physician to find out if occlusal mouth guards are right for your condition and if your condition’s severity is appropriate for mouth guards. We want the greatest relief and quickest recovery for you, that is why we will do a thorough diagnosis before determining the best mouth guard or treatment method that works for you!

What is the difference between a mouth guard vs retainer?

Mouth guards and retainers are both mouth appliances used to help protect your mouth, teeth, and gums from damage. While mouth guards are designed to absorb the impact of physical activities like sports or grinding your teeth at night, retainers are meant to hold your teeth in place after orthodontic treatment such as braces. Retainers are also often used to help align the jaw and mouth in cases of TMJ Syndrome.

Mouth guards are made from firm materials like plastic, while retainers are typically made from flexible materials like acrylic or metal wires. Mouth guards must fit properly over your teeth in order to work, whereas retainers can be easily adjusted for comfort.

Learn more about teeth retainers here.

How do I maintain & clean my mouth guard?

Here Are Some Simple Mouth Guard Cleaning Instructions:

  1. Rinse mouth guard with cold water before and after each use to remove saliva and bacteria.

  2. Clean mouth guard using a toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste (not whitening toothpaste) or mouthwash at least once a week.

  3. Soak mouth guard in mouthwash for 10-15 minutes at least once a fortnight.

  4. Store mouth guard in a breathable container to allow it to dry properly and avoid unnecessary bacteria buildup.

Here Are Some Simple Mouth Guard Cleaning Instructions:

Mouth guards can start to smell over time as bacteria and saliva build up on the mouth guard. To prevent this, be sure to follow our mouth guard cleaning instructions regularly. If you notice your mouth guard has a bad odour, soak it in mouthwash or denture cleaner for 10-15 minutes then rinse thoroughly with cold water before using it.

It may also start to smell if you have used it for too long due to the mouth guard breaking down with regular use. If you have used your mouth guard for longer than the recommended duration set by your dentist, or if you have noticed your mouth guard is not fitting as comfortably as before, then it may be time to get a new mouth guard.

How much does a mouth guard cost in Singapore?

The cost of mouth guards in Singapore can vary widely depending on the type and complexity of mouth guard needed. Custom mouth guards usually cost around $400 or more, while over-the-counter mouth guards range from $100 to $200, depending on the quality and brand. The exact cost may also vary depending on your individual mouth shape, so it’s best to consult with your dentist or physician before making a purchase.

Find out how much we charge for mouth guards here.

Where to buy mouth guards in Singapore?

If you are looking to buy mouth guards in Singapore, there are many retail stores and online shops that offer over-the-counter mouth guard solutions. You can choose from a wide range of mouth guard brands and types.

For custom mouth guards, you may purchase them directly from your dentist or orthodontist. Dentists can provide mouth guards that fit your mouth perfectly and ensure the best possible protection for your mouth, teeth, and gums. Mouth guards are an investment for your health and a great protective first step for your teeth, gums and face. That is why you should not cheap out, but go with trusted and experienced dentists to help you through this journey.

At WeSmile Dental, we a team of highly experienced dentist, we are also dedicated to providing quality dental care that is accessible for everyone. This includes creating custom mouth guards at affordable prices.

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