The American Association of Orthodontics recommends to:
Play it safe!
Wear a mouth guard at every practice and every game!! Mouth guards and other types of protective gear can prevent or reduce injuries that happen during organized and recreational sports.
Mouth guards offer protection by absorbing high-impact energy from potentially traumatic blows.
Mouth Guard Care
- Keep your mouth guard clean - rinse before and after each use
- Store in a perforated container to let your mouth guard dry out
- Avoid chewing on the mouth guard
- Don't wear removable retainers with your mouth guard
- Replace your mouth guard when it shows signs of wear
Wish you could wrap your kids in bubble wrap to protect them?
Good news - mouth guards are better than bubble wrap for facial protection and are much more practical! Check out this video.
What's the best type of mouth guard? The one that's worn.
For athletes currently in orthodontic treatment:
- Don't use a mouth guard with your braces that you boil first. It may wrap around the braces and get stuck in place, or cause damage to your braces. Also, keep in mind that the teeth are continuing to move, so you do not want to have a mouthguard specifically molded to your teeth as they are changing.
- Contact the office or ask Dr. Kennell directly on what type of mouthguard you can wear.