The popularity of mouthguards continues to grow amongst NBA players. Steph Curry is known for his exceptional skill as a basketball player, but he is also known for chewing on his mouthguard in between plays.
Mouthguards are available in a variety of different shapes and sizes, and a variety of mouthguards types are popular amongst NBA players. Let's take a closer look at these different types of mouthguards.
Stock mouthguards are exactly that, they are stock standard mouthguards that come in predetermined shapes and sizes. Stock mouthguards are fairly cheap, but they don't come fitted to your teeth or mouth size and your mouth has to be closed to ensure that it stays in place. Stock mouthguards are impractical for basketball players, but some players do opt for these mouthguards if they have sponsorship agreements in place.
The majority of NBA players opt for boil-and-bite mouthguards. Boil-and-bite mouthguards can be molded to fit your teeth perfectly ensuring maximum comfort and protection. Boil-and-bite mouthguards are also very easy to fit and mold.
Steph Curry wears a mouthguard for about 3 to 4 games before swapping it out for a new one. Steph and all of the other NBA players can't go to their dentist once a week to get fitted for a new mouthguard which is why the majority of players opt for this type of mouthguard.
Most boil-and-bite mouthguards can be remolded 10+ times which allows players to get that perfect fit every single time. Getting a mouthguard that fits perfectly is vital for NBA players given the fact that communication is key amongst players and comfortable breathing is also a must.
Custom fitted mouthguards from your dentist
Custom-fitted mouthguards are made by getting an exact impression of your mouth by a dentist, the impression will then be used to shape your custom mouthguard to ensure a perfect fit. In addition to fitting perfectly, custom made mouthguards also offer maximum protection.
Custom mouthguards are expensive, but price isn't a problem for NBA players. NBA players that opt for custom-fitted mouthguards normally have specific dental issues or they wear orthodontic appliances such as braces.
Players with prior dental issues seek maximum protection to avoid any future complications. Basketball players with braces require the additional protection from mouthguards to protect both the braces and their mouths and teeth from injury caused by the hard wires and pieces of an orthodontic application.
Why do NBA players wear clear mouthguards?
Clear mouthguards aren't a prerequisite for NBA players, but many players do prefer a clear mouthguard if they have the option. Players with sponsorship agreements might not have this option but the ones that do, opt for a clear mouthguard because of how it appears in photos. Not all players want bulky mouthguards to take over all of their on-court pictures, with a clear mouthguard you can barely notice it.
NBA players are notorious for being picky, but when it comes to mouthguards it is fairly simple, they want a good mouthguard that provides protection, is comfortable and one that is easy to fit when replaced.