Your new set of braces represents a serious investment in realigning your teeth for a more appealing smile that will last a lifetime. If you are an athlete participating in a contact sport, you need to talk to your dentist or orthodontist about being fitted for a custom mouth guard.
A blow to the face has the potential to fracture or knock out teeth, and can cause significant damage to your braces. The damage and cost to repair these types of injuries can be rather daunting and almost always results in you having to wear your braces for longer than the initial prescribed amount of time.
Retail level mouth guards, offer a minimal amount of protection and often feel bulky and can make it hard to breath. A custom mouth guard is made from a durable, thermoplastic material that is custom designed to conform to your teeth and personal bite pattern. As an added bonus new research has found that in some situation a custom mouth guards can reduce the chances of concussion and even certain brain injuries.
In all reality, the cost of a custom fitted mouth guard greatly outweighs the cost of repairing or replacing damaged and lost teeth. With proper care the unit can provide years of protection for your mouth throughout the duration you need to wear your braces.
If you have questions or you are interested in being fitted for a custom mouth guard, please feel free to call us at 505-863-8100 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping meet your needs!