Does Your Mouthguard Really Have to Be Professionally Made?

Does Your Mouthguard Really Have to Be Professionally Made?

Man Putting in a Mouth GuardNo, it doesn’t. Technically speaking, you can choose to wear any kind of mouthguard you want. There is no hard-and-fast rule. Whether you need either a sports guard or a guard to prevent teeth grinding in your sleep, there are options galore. You can find all kinds online and in drugstores in addition to the dental office.

But the Brookhaven dentist Dr. Hosaka cautions that you need to understand your priorities before deciding on a mouthguard.

You should consider four specific areas when choosing between a professional and store-bought mouthguard:

  • Price
  • Protection level
  • Comfort/Fit
  • Quality


Store-bought mouthguards are definitely cheaper than ones designed in a dental office. Remember, however, that you get what you pay for. If you only want the cheapest option, then you can short yourself on the more important features of a mouthguard (like concussion protection.)

Protection Level

Custom-made mouthguards will fit your mouth exactly and minimize the chance for slipping and damage. They’re made of more durable material, so you can count on them to protect your smile during initial and subsequent trauma instead of falling out half way through.

Comfort and Fit

Boil-and-bite mouthguards may seem like the quick and economic way to get the perfect fit. But without professional design, your store-bought guard will cause you more trouble than it’s worth. Too loose or too tight, and you won’t bother wearing the guard enough for it to do you any good. The better it fits, the more it protects and comfortable it is to wear.


Generally, the cheaper the mouthguard, the less force it can withstand. It’s worth the expense to pay for high-quality materials and personalized design to ensure a comfortable fit and protection.

Not sure whether or not you need a mouthguard? Want to learn about more options for protecting your teeth? Schedule a consultation at Elegant Smiles to find out.

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I came into Dr. Ryos office with a dental emergency and have since made them my primary dental office. Not only did Dr. Ryo take care of my emergency in a very timely manner but he was also able to save a few teeth that I had been previously told couldn’t be saved. I’ve had a significant amount of visits/work done and it has all been painless which is a plus. The rest of the staff is amazing as well. Everyone is polite and caring and take care of any concerns/needs. They will give you a smile you are proud of. I’d recommend this office to everyone!

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I am past 70 and have had a lot of dental work done in my life. I have been going to Elegant Smiles for
more than a year now. This practice is, without a doubt, the best I have ever been to, including university dental schools and very fine dentists. The entire staff is incredibly competent, and the hygienist and Dr. Ryo are absolutely superb. Moreover, they are friendly, personable, kind, and caring. My advice is to check them out today! Just FYI, I have never written a positive review of any office practice before; I asked for the link to write this one!

Sara N.

I came to Dr. Ryo after a poor experience at a previous dentist and with some hesitation and fears about going to the dentist in general. On my first appointment I was warmly greeted by Miki and immediately put at ease by the dental hygienist. Dr. Ryo always takes the time to come meet me as well as explain everything to make me feel comfortable with treatment decisions.
I decided to start an Invisalign treatment after a few months of being with the practice and have been beyond pleased with the experience and results. The front desk staff are always welcoming and friendly. I highly recommend this practice to all my friends and will be taking my daughter in whenever she gets teeth!

Jamie C.

Emergency crown replacement needed! I was seen the day I walked in, then my tooth was worked on the very next day. On top of that, the crown was done in only a week time which usually takes 2 weeks. My VA insurance benefits are in San Diego. Dr. Ryo, Mickey and Ashley we're able to help with the complex VA benefits paper work to get my crown done here in Atlanta, saving me a trip back to California. I was very fortunate to find this team. The office is beautiful and very inviting and the staff is very nice, grounded and friendly. Thank you! The crown is perfect!

Michael H.

Chipped my tooth and Elegant Smiles was able to get me an appointment the same day. I liked the fast and friendly service of the dentist and staff so much that I went back 2 days later to fix some cavities that they found.


Great Service and caring professionals. Dr. Rio is very caring and took time to instruct his patients on proper care of the teeth and go the extra mile to address his patients' oral needs. The service was great and fast. He follows up to make sure i was ok. He reaches out by text and calls in a very prompt manner. I can also text him about my concern and get immediate help. I would highly recommend this place for dental care.

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Every time I come they always make me feel at home. Miki makes sure that she communicates with me about my appointment and she even gave me a heads up about not coming too early because they were behind. I see Sara every time I come and she is very very helpful and kind. She takes her time and makes me feel comfortable. She's also insightful. Thanks you guys rock!! I refer people here all the time!

Miss G.

Dr. Ryu, Miki, Ashley, and Malika are a dream team. Top quality professionals with a family feel. Dr. Ryu explained everything to me and made me feel really comfortable while his assistant Malika kept a smile on my face. This is my dentist office from now on!!

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