Wearing traditional metal braces shouldn’t stop you from playing sports, staying active, and keeping up with physical fitness. You can (and should) still play, but it’s essential to protect your smile at all costs, and one way to do this is to wear custom mouthguards.
At Alamo City Orthodontics, Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr. recommends wearing custom mouthguards for braces before your next big game. Plus, we can fabricate custom dental mouthguards and other services at our in-house laboratory. When you schedule an initial consultation for custom-made mouthguards, we will help you learn more about our office and understand everything you need to know about new braces.
Custom Sports Mouthguards Defined
While plenty of sports mouthguards are on the market, nothing beats a custom sports mouthguard. Our custom-made mouthguards are a little wider than typical mouthguards and are designed to fit perfectly over the teeth and braces.
Typically, custom-fitted mouthguards are worn over the top row of teeth to protect against broken teeth, cut lips, and even concussions. Occasionally, double mouthguards that cover both upper and lower teeth are recommended, like for wrestlers.
The Treatment Process
Your young athlete can receive their new custom-fit mouthguard in as little as two visits. At the first visit, our orthodontist specialists will take impressions of the teeth with braces on and send these to our in-house laboratory. Our lab technicians will create a custom-fit mouthguard with a quick turnaround time.
At the second appointment, we will call you for a final fitting to ensure that it fits and adjust if needed. Then, you’ll be free to wear your mouthguard.
Generally, the replacement rate depends on the frequency of use and growth. For instance, if you play sports often, you’ll likely wear down your mouthguard faster than those who play random pick-up games. Also, children’s jaws develop as they enter adolescence and adulthood. As a rule of thumb, if your jaw or alignment changes, it’s time to order a new custom mouthguard.
Since mouthguards go in and out of your mouth—a site that harbors bacteria—it’s essential to keep it clean to avoid odor and the spread of harmful bacteria.
As a rule of thumb, wash your mouthguard in cold, soapy water, allow it to air dry, and then place it in its clean, plastic storage container. If a stench develops, rinse the mouthguard with mouthwash to kill odor-causing bacteria.
Also, we suggest avoiding direct sunlight, hot water, and hot cars. Heat can warp a plastic mouthguard and make it lose it’s custom-fit.
Learn More About Orthodontics and Other Services Near Crownhill Park, Castle Hills, and San Antonio
If you have any questions about your first appointment, custom-fit mouthguards, other services, or candidacy, contact us by phone at (210) 344-9295 or message us online. A staff member will be happy to help you get the answers you need.
We hope this information is helpful to you! We look forward to answering any questions and helping you stay on track to achieve the smile of your dreams.