An orthodontic mouth guard is a custom-fitted dental appliance worn to protect teeth and soft tissues during physical activities. A proper fitting sports mouth guard is even more important if you wear braces or have a fixed bridge.
A mouth guard for braces will serve as a buffer against damage to the teeth, brackets, wires and other dental appliances from physical trauma. Mouthguards also protect the tongue, lips, and cheeks from soft tissue injury.
A properly fitted mouthguard must:
Mouthguards are only worn on the upper teeth. However, if you wear braces or some other type of appliance, or have a protruding jaw, your Cincinnati, OH orthodontist may suggest that you also protect your bottom teeth with a mouthguard for the lower jaw.
Mouthguards can be purchased in stores, one standard size. A ready to wear mouthguard is the least expensive option, but it won’t fit as well. Without a proper fit, a dental mouthguard will be less comfortable and not provide the needed protection.
Custom mouthguards from our Cincinnati, OH do cost more, but the degree of protection and comfort is well worth the price. Because a custom-fitted sports guard or mouth guard for braces is made to fit your teeth precisely, the device is comfortable to wear and provides optimal protection against impact. To receive your very own custom mouth guard from our Cincinnati, OH orthodontist, schedule an appointment with our office today!