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How do you work boil-and-bite mouthguards?

Author: Dr. Mike Williams (Michael Williams)

Tagged: boil and bite, mouthguards, fitting

The instructions for each mouth guard is slightly different.  For a boil and bite mouthguard fitting,  generally water is brought to a boil and the mouth guard is placed into the hot water for the time specified by the manufacturer.  The mouth guard is removed from the water and placed into the mouth.  By using your fingers on the outside of the mouthguard and the tongue  on the inside of the mouthguard the softened mouth guard is molded tightly to the Teeth .  The opposing teeth bite into the softened mouth guard during this process .  After cooling slightly in the mouth to mouth guard is placed into cool water and then the fitting is complete .  Some mouth guards can be heated  several times to get the best fit .

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