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WILSON ORTHODONTICS - C. Todd WilsonIf you want to play like the pros, you need to wear the same specialized equipment that keeps professional athletes safe and performing at their peak.

But here's a hint—I'm not talking about their shoes or jerseys. I'm talking about mouthguards.

That's why Wilson Orthodontics has provided free custom mouthguards to student athletes for the past 14 years. Each year, we distribute about 500 protectors to football and lacrosse athletes in Sherwood, Newberg and the surrounding communities.

But mouthguards are important for athletes in every sport. So here's a breakdown that will help you choose the best option.

Ready Made. A ready made (or "stock") mouthguard is fine, especially if practice is in 20 minutes. But they're the least safe, least effective and least preferred option. In your mouth, one size really doesn't fit all.

Mouth Formed. "Boil and bite" mouthguards are probably the most common out there. When heated in boiling water, they become pliable, allowing you to bite down and mold them. Unfortunately, the process isn't perfect, and these still tend to shift during play.

Custom Made. Hands down, this is the best option. At Wilson Orthodontics, we can make a custom-molded mouthguard, and can tailor your mouthguard to your dental history and chosen sport. These are the safest option, and it's what the pros use too.

Wilson Orthodontics

17680 SW Handley St., Suite 202

Sherwood, OR 97140

3100 Haworth Ave., Suite 210

Newberg, OR 97132

503-925-1566

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