Straight A Orthodontics offers custom-fitted mouth guards to help protect teeth from injury from teeth grinding and during sports.
A mouth guard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums. Athletes of all ages can play sports while wearing braces, but Dr. A recommends that you wear a mouth guard both to protect your mouth, as well as your orthodontic appliances.
Protecting your smile while playing sports is essential when you have braces, which is why Dr. A provides custom-fitted mouth protectors, individually designed based on yours or your child’s precise needs. Mouth guards help protect your teeth and gums from injury, and are essential if you participate in basketball, boxing, hockey, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, or wrestling, or any contact sport where your teeth and mouth can be subject to violent forces that can damage the teeth or orthodontic appliances. In addition, mouth guards are recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists.
It’s important to choose the right mouth guard for your needs, and Dr. A can discuss the different types of mouth guards available to you, ranging from pre-made mouth guards and boil-and-bite mouth guards that can be purchased at most sporting goods stores to custom designed mouth guard options. If you wear braces or a retainer, it is vitally important for you to wear a mouth guard while engaging in contact sports. Dr. A will show you how to wear a mouth guard properly and how to choose the right mouth guard to protect your smile.
A mouth guard is very similar to a retainer, braces or any other special dental appliance, in that it is essential that you take care of your mouth guard by storing it correctly and keeping it clean and sanitary. It’s important to know when to replace an old mouth guard with a new one. To keep your mouth guard clean and working correctly, gently scrub your mouth guard after each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste, and always store it in a protective case. Never leave your mouth guard exposed to the elements, such as sun or in hot water, as it can melt or become deformed and lose its effectiveness. Always replace your mouth guard prior to a new sports season also if you notice it has become worn and no longer fits properly. Do not chew on your mouth guard because it will lose its shape and effectiveness, and be sure to bring your mouth guard to each checkup with Dr. A, so that he can make sure it’s still in excellent working order.
Your costs for a custom-designed mouth guard from Dr. A will vary, depending on yours or your child’s precise individual needs. Our staff will discuss the cost during your consultation.
If you need to protect your teeth or orthodontic appliances, please contact Straight A Orthodontics, as we offer custom-designed mouth guards. Contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss a custom-designed mouth guard for you or your child today.