Los Angeles, CA – It’s very important for all kids who play sports to protect their mouths and teeth, as this is a vulnerable area. But children who wear braces need to be especially careful and work extra hard to make sure their teeth and braces stay protected when they are active throughout the day.
A Guide to Mouth Guards
Mouth guards are often the best way to protect braces and teeth while playing contact sports. Certain sports, like football, actually require the use of a mouth guard so every player is protected. Others may not, but you may still want your child to wear one, especially if he/she has braces.
Over-the-counter mouth guards, boil and bite mouth guards, and customized mouth guards are available.
Over-the-Counter Mouth Guards: This is the most cost effective and easiest option for children. If they lose their mouth guard, it won’t be a big deal because you can always buy another. However, the fit will never be exactly right. Since it wasn’t made for your child’s mouth, and it may become uncomfortable at times.
Boil and Bite Mouth Guards: This type of mouthguard is actually boiled and then children will bite down on it in order to create a fit that is close to their needs. It is more expensive than the over the counter option, but it can be molded to the mouth over time as your child’s bite changes due to the braces.
Customized Mouth Guards: Many dentists offer a custom mouth guard option in which the patient bites down on a mold and the mold is used to create a mouth guard that perfectly fits the patient’s teeth. However, this option is very expensive, and over time, braces change the way the teeth are positioned, which could make the fit less than perfect later on.
Like with any choice, there are pros and cons for each type of mouth-guard. It is important to choose the best option for your child and your family.
What Else You Should Know
Practically any sport can be played by someone with braces as long as a mouth guard is used. It is better to utilize this option no matter what sport is being played. If your child is injured while playing sports, however, it is important to call your orthodontist right away and to make an appointment so the damage can be assessed quickly and safely.
Contact Dr. Nikaeen Orthodontics for More Information
If you’re looking for a new orthodontist, contact Dr. Nikaeen. She cares about her patients and wants to ensure all men, women, and children in Los Angeles and Santa Monica receive the best orthodontic care possible.
Contact her today for a free consultation by calling 310-444-1113.
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