How to Mold a Mouthguard: Step-by-Step Guide

Last updated on August 20th, 2019

Despite seeming like a cumbersome procedure, molding a boil and bite mouth guard is a reasonably simple process that doesn’t take more than a few minutes. Wearing a mouthguard while your sleep can help keep your top and bottom teeth separated so they don’t damage each other from the pressure of grinding or clenching.

how to mold a mouth guard for your teethStart off by gathering all the items that you would need to mold it. This includes:

  • The unmolded night guard
  • A glass of boiling water
  • A glass of ice water (Only if recommended in the instruction manual)
  • Tongs to pick the mouthguard from the boiling water
  • Towel

Step-by-Step Guide to Mold a Perfect Mouth Guard

IMPORTANT: At first, you need to check the instructions on your mouthguard package.

  1. Put the mouthguard into the glass of boiling water so that it is completely submerged in it. Check the instruction manual to know the right amount of time that the guard needs to be submerged in boiling water. It shouldn’t be more than a few minutes usually.
  2. Place it in the mouth against the upper set of teeth, gently push it with your fingers to form a mold against the molars.
  3. Use the tongs to remove the guard ensuring that you don’t squeeze it too hard or deform it. Use the towel to gently wipe off any excessive water. Now, wait until it cools just enough to allow you to bite down on it without scalding your mouth.
  4. Bite down gently against the bottom teeth and suck the guard upwards. On the back of the teeth, use the tongue to create the perfect fit.
  5. Now let it dry and form the mold.

You can now remove the night guard and cool it by immersing it into the glass of ice-cold water (Only if recommended). Else just let it air dry. Once it is completely cooled, recheck the fit to ensure that the guard stays in place without needing support from your tongue. If its loose or falling off, you might have to restart the molding process all over again to get a tighter fit.

In case if you have already molded your mouth guard, take a look at our instructions on how to clean it properly.

Video Guide on How to Mold a Mouth Guard for Your Teeth

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