The most perfect fit comes with custom mouth guards, which makes it easier to keep them in place to provide optimum protection and improved performance. The dentist and staff will check the fit and size of the mouth guard for each patient. The athlete is more likely to wear it since they are comfortable to wear, and these mouth guards stay in place while breathing and talking. To allow comfort and maximum protection the sides are extended as far as possible. Another nice feature is that the thickness of the mouth guard is dependent on the sport and the age of the player.
Can I Wear a Mouth Guard if I Wear Braces?
Even young athletes with braces need to wear a sports mouth guard with playing a contact sport. An injury to the face could damage braces or other fixed appliances, so properly fitted mouth guards may be particularly important for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. The dentist can determine the mouth guard that will provide the best protection for your unique mouth work. And please remember, do not wear any removable appliance or other orthodontic retainers during any contact sports or during any recreational activities that put your mouth at risk for injury.
How Do I Care for My Mouth Guard?
To care for your mouth guard:
Before and after each use rinse your mouth guard with cold water or with a mouth rinse and/or clean it with toothpaste and a toothbrush.
Every now and then clean the mouth guard in cool, soapy water and rinse it thoroughly.
The mouth guard should be placed in a firm, perforated container to store or transport it. Air circulation helps to prevent damage.
The mouth guard should be protected from high temperatures — such as hot surfaces, hot water, or direct sunlight — to minimize distorting its shape.
Check the mouth guard occasionally for general wear. If it becomes loose or causes discomfort, or if you find holes or tears in it, replace it.
You should bring the mouth guard to each regularly scheduled dental visit to have the staff exam it.
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