Are you wondering if your kids need to wear a mouthguard because they just got braces? Well the good news is not everyone needs to wear them unless when actively playing in sports that might require them to wear them for safety. When playing sports, facial injuries can occur and if they wear braces it can make things worse so you definitely want to make sure that they’re protected.
Custom-Fit Mouthguards for Braces
In order to have a custom fit mouthguard, you’ll need to schedule an appointment for your kids at Papasikos Orthodontics. When they come in for their visit, Drs. Jacy and Arianna Papasikos will make a custom-fit mouthguard by making an impression of their teeth. Your kids will need to wear it whenever needed until it no longer fits because remember your kid’s teeth will be shifting during orthodontic treatment. Don’t worry if they shift because that just means the braces are doing their job, however, your kid may need to come back to the office for a new impression. If you are considering a custom-fitted mouthguard for your kids, then please don’t hesitate to call our office for any questions or concerns you may have.
Mouthguards for High Risk Sports
Many sports can put your kids at a high risk for injuries of the mouth and teeth. Getting a tooth knocked out, a chipped tooth or even getting a broken jaw can happen in high-risk sports such as hockey and football. If your kids wear braces and are very active in sports then you should definitely consider getting a mouthguard for protection. High-Risk Sports can put your kids at even more risk for facial injuries and many of these sports already provide them for players but when wearing braces they might need a custom-fitted mouthguard for protection.
Your kids don’t necessarily have to play sports but if they are active on playground equipment or get a lot of contact to their mouth from falling or fighting then mouthguards are the best solution for their mouth to stay safe. They aren’t just protection for when your kids play sports but if they like to play rough with their siblings or cousins then wearing a mouthguard can also help protect them. The important thing to remember here is that if you know that they’ll have the slightest possibility of getting hit in the face then make sure you consider mouthguards for them so their mouth can be protected from anything thrown their way.
Once your kids are done with orthodontic treatment they will need to wear them in sports that require them for protection. Should you have any questions or concerns, then please call Papasikos Orthodontics today at – 973.744.2511