Category: For Teens

What Makes the Damon® System Different?

Jupiter Orthodontics, What Makes Damon Braces Different? Jupiter Florida

With a variety of different types of braces, what makes people choose clear braces from Damon® Clear™ and the Damon® System?

The answer is clear! Damon Clear braces:

  • Allow quicker treatment time
  • Don’t use elastic or rubber bands
  • Apply less pressure to the teeth, making treatment more comfortable
  • Require less appointments
  • Are considerably more hygienic than other types of braces

Quicker Treatment with Damon Clear Braces
Aren’t we all hoping to see our new-and-improved smile sooner than later? The Damon System technology works so efficiently that it reduces the treatment period (relative to traditional braces or Invisalign clear aligners) and requires fewer appointments. Damon Clear braces don’t use rubber band appliances, which means these braces don’t require an appointment to be tightened. In fact, they don’t require tightening at all!

Damon Clear Braces Use Comfortable, Convenient, Self-Ligating, Tie-Less Brackets

Self-ligating, tie-less brackets? What a mouthful! The highly-advanced, tie-less technology of Damon Clear braces means these braces (unlike traditional, metal braces) don’t use rubber bands or elastic bands to hold the brackets in place. Rubber bands in traditional braces can create space for bacteria to lodge themselves. They also apply added pressure to the teeth, which can sometimes feel sore or uncomfortable as the teeth are shifting.

Self-ligating brackets means they use a slide mechanism, which allows brackets to move freely, rather than all brackets repositioning at the same time. This feature allows greater tooth movement, which is ideal for repositioning each tooth to its optimal position. This is also how Damon Clear braces work quicker than traditional braces. When brackets are bonded to the teeth and not self-ligating, they apply added pressure to the teeth, which slows down the rate of tooth movement. With Damon Clear braces, teeth are not shifting all together at once, so they’re able to reach the desired position at an accelerated rate.

If you’re seeking a comfortable, clear and convenient braces option, Damon Clear braces might be the right choice for you! We would love to discuss the differences you’ll see with Damon braces, before and after treatment.

If Damon Clear braces aren’t your preferred option, we also provide Invisalign in Jupiter, FL along with metal braces, ceramic braces and lingual braces. Request your free orthodontic exam with Dr. King at Jupiter Orthodontics today, or reach out to us to talk about which orthodontic treatment is right for you. Jupiter Orthodontics are proud to serve the Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and Hobe Sound, FL communities

Clear Aligner Therapy: Which aligner is right for you?

Woman holding Invisalign, ClearCorrect, Clarity clear aligners to teeth at Jupiter Orthodontics in Jupiter FL for clear aligner therapy

As clear aligners have become increasingly popular, countless brands are popping up left and right with the promise of effective clear aligner therapy.

So, how do you know if clear aligners are right for you?

The first few things Dr. King will help you to determine:

  • What is your current orthodontic condition?
      • Do you have a mild to moderate malocclusion (poor bite)?
      • Are your teeth crooked or gapped?
  • What goals do you hope to achieve through orthodontic treatment?
      • Are you hoping to completely realign your bite and restructure your appearance?
      • Are you hoping to straighten your teeth and experience a more confident smile?
  • What are your preferences, based on your lifestyle?
      • Do you have personal or professional commitments that may require a metal-free orthodontic treatment?
      • Are you seeking an unnoticeable, practically-invisible treatment?

Did you answer yes to the majority of these questions? You may be the perfect candidate for clear aligner therapy!

If you still aren’t quite sure whether clear aligners are right for you, take the first step by requesting your free orthodontic exam with Dr. King. He is here to educate you and help you understand all there is to know about your options in orthodontic treatment.

Now, how do you determine which clear aligner is right for you?

“Aligner therapy is all about the doctor, not the company that makes the aligner.” -Dr. King

Dr. King says it best! Each company that creates clear aligners has its own pros and cons. That’s why your team at Jupiter Orthodontics is here to help you pick out the right clear aligner for you.

We currently provide a variety of clear aligners, including Invisalign®, Clarity™ and ClearCorrect aligners.

No matter the brand of clear aligners you choose, what’s most important is the personalized treatment plan that Dr. King creates to suit your specific condition, needs, goals, lifestyle and preferences. Dr. King applies the King Method to all of his patients’ treatment plans, which allows him to provide better results in a shorter amount of time! Combining his vast knowledge with his extensive experience in orthodontics, Dr. King has a comprehensive understanding of which technique is best for each of his patients.

So, when it comes to clear aligner therapy, as long as you’re choosing clear aligners approved by a top orthodontist like Dr. King, the type of clear aligner is not necessarily the concern.

The main concern with clear aligner therapy is the doctor you choose. If your doctor isn’t exceptionally experienced with clear aligners, your treatment can be ineffective or even damaging, regardless of the brand.

Ensure that your clear aligner therapy yields the results you’ve always dreamed of when you choose Dr. King as your orthodontist.

Following your orthodontic treatment, Dr. King will continue to monitor your progress every 6 months at no charge to you! At Jupiter Orthodontics, we promise high-quality treatments with the greatest level of attention to each and every patient.

When you request your free orthodontic exam with Dr. King, you’re taking the first step toward achieving a beautiful, healthy smile! We provide affordable orthodontics in Jupiter, FL. Reach out to us today to discuss your options with clear braces, adult orthodontics or braces for kids!  Dr. King and the entire Jupiter Orthodontics team are proud to serve the Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and Hobe Sound, FL communities.

5 Signs You Need Orthodontics

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Orthodontic treatments serve a cosmetic purpose as well as a major functional purpose. The right orthodontic treatment can improve your functionality, increase your self-confidence and quite literally change your life!

How do you know if you can benefit from orthodontics? Here are 5 signs that you should begin treatment!

1. You breathe through your mouth
One telltale sign that you need orthodontic treatment is mouth-breathing. Mouth-breathing has everything to do with the openness of the airways, relative to the width of the jaw. When the jaw is considerably narrow, the airways are blocked or obstructed and it’s difficult to breathe easily through the nose. Mouth-breathing can lead to sleep apnea, which can be life-threatening if it goes untreated! To improve your breathing, Dr. King will create a customized treatment plan to expand your jaw and open your airways.

2. You hide your smile
If you ever hide your smile or feel self-conscious when you grin, it’s time to begin orthodontic treatment! If your teeth are crooked, gapped, crowded or you have a visibly poor bite, we have the orthodontic treatments to give you the confident smile you deserve. It’s never too late to recreate your smile, and the right orthodontic treatment will leave you with a smile that you want to share.

3. Your top and bottom teeth don’t meet evenly
Do you find it difficult or uncomfortable to chew food? This can indicate a poor bite condition. When your top teeth don’t meet your bottom teeth evenly, this can affect your jaw function, your airways and even your posture! Poor bite conditions include overbites, underbites, open bites and crossbites. If you notice your top teeth jutting over your bottom teeth, your bottom teeth extending beyond your top teeth, or you experience difficulty chewing, Dr. King can create a personalized treatment plan that brings your jaw into perfect alignment to improve its functionality.

4. You have a speech impediment
If you have a lisp or speech impediment, this may be attributed to your orthodontic condition. A malocclusion, or poor bite condition, makes it difficult to bring your top and bottom teeth together evenly to pronounce certain sounds, like ‘s’ and ‘z’. If there are any unintended openings between the teeth while the tongue is trying to enunciate, this will create a lisp. These open spaces often occur in openbites and overjets. Through orthodontic treatment, Dr. King can expand the jaw and realign the top teeth with the bottom for proper speech ability.

5. Your child’s teeth are growing out of alignment
Children should visit the orthodontist by age 7. During this time, baby teeth are falling out and permanent teeth are erupting through the gums. This is the perfect time to consider orthodontic treatment, before the adult teeth stabilize. Once the adult teeth stabilize, they may reveal a problematic condition that affects functionality or appearance. Dr. King is highly trained in detecting problematic orthodontic conditions before they fully emerge. By assessing the alignment of your child’s teeth during his or her malleable years, we can intervene before the condition affects the quality of your child’s life. When your child completes his or her free initial consultation with Dr. King, this does not mean he will recommend that your child begins orthodontic treatment immediately. Unlike many other orthodontists, Dr. King will determine the optimal period for your child to begin treatment, and he will continue to monitor your child’s progress for months or years to follow at no cost to you!

No matter how severe you or your child’s orthodontic condition, Dr. King will create a personalized treatment plan that brings you to your ideal smile. If you notice any of these 5 telltale signs throughout the day or night, give us a call to discuss how orthodontics can benefit you.

We provide adult orthodontics, braces for kids, clear braces and more to the Jupiter, Florida community. Request your free exam with Dr. King to get started today!

Why to go to an orthodontist instead of an at-home clear aligners company?

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As at-home clear aligners increase in popularity, it’s natural to wonder whether in-person orthodontic care or at-home orthodontic care is the better decision for you or your child.

You may believe “at-home” has a comfortable ring to it, but when it comes to you or your child’s precious smile, do you really want to leave room for error?

Take this quick quiz to understand why in-person orthodontic treatment is the right decision for you!

1. Initial Exam
You decided on Invisalign® clear aligners as your treatment. Now, let’s begin. For your initial exam, do you choose Option A or Option B?

Option A: At-home clear aligners

You took the questionable route and chose at-home orthodontics. For your initial exam, you receive an impression kit in the mail. You bite into the impression mold of thick “goop”, your hands shake and you aren’t quite sure if you’re doing it correctly. You send your molds back through the mail and await the arrival of your clear aligners.

Option B: Clear aligners from the orthodontist

You played it smart and scheduled your free exam with us. You meet Dr. King, who asks you what your goals are with treatment. Dr. King then completes a thorough exam of your teeth and bite. He takes x-rays of your condition and shows you diagnostic photos of previous success stories. Dr. King discusses your treatment options with you and suggests the most efficient and effective treatment to fit your lifestyle. He thoroughly explains your chosen treatment and proceeds to take impressions of your teeth and bite, using the iTero Digital Impression system. Your dental molds show immediate results, without the use of “goopy” impression materials. Dr. King crafts a treatment plan, personalized to your current condition and your unique orthodontic goals. He explains every aspect of your custom treatment plan and answers every question you have. Now, with an extensive understanding of what’s to come, you await the arrival of your clear aligners.

2. Your initial exam is complete!

Now it’s time to receive your aligners and begin treatment. If you chose:

Option A: At-home clear aligners

You receive your clear aligners in the mail. You place a set in your mouth, and they feel slightly off-kilter. You can feel that your bottom teeth are dramatically compressed in the bottom aligner, and your top aligner is fitting loosely. You place them in and begin treatment, but you have a few questions, so you resort to searching Google for answers. You continue referring to Google with questions throughout your treatment. Four months have passed, and you snap a picture of your teeth to compare with a picture of your teeth from the beginning of treatment. You don’t notice a difference, but you assume it’ll take a little longer to see results. So you continue treatment and await the results.

Option B: Clear aligners from the orthodontist

You receive your clear aligners from Dr. King. You place a set in your mouth, and they fit snuggly with just enough pressure exerted on your teeth. Dr. King gives you detailed instructions with your clear aligners, and you ask questions to ease every concern. You leave our office with your new orthodontic treatment and a comfortable, comprehensive understanding of your treatment plan. You visit our office regularly, every couple of months, so Dr. King can monitor your progress and order your next few sets of aligners. You visit Dr. King or call the office as often as you’d like with any questions or concerns. (You’re sure to address the hard hitting questions, like “Can I drink wine with Invisalign”?) Four months into your treatment, you compare a picture of your ‘before’ teeth with a picture of your current progress, and you notice a dramatic difference! You’re ecstatic with your current smile, and you can’t wait for the final results.

3. Your treatment is over!

How do you like your new smile?

Option A: At-home clear aligners

Your smile looks different than it did at the beginning of your treatment. You realize you were misinformed on the amount of hours to wear your aligners each day, so your treatment progressed at a slow pace. Your bottom teeth are crowding each other. Your top teeth don’t fall into perfect alignment with your bottom teeth, and it feels awkward to chew food. You realize that you must’ve taken inaccurate molds of your teeth at the beginning of your treatment. (Remember your shaky hands?) Looking at your results in the mirror, you decide that your at-home orthodontic venture was not worth the money or time. You call Jupiter Orthodontics to schedule your free orthodontic exam, and your treatment period starts back at square one.

Option B: Clear aligners from the orthodontist

You love your new teeth! Your smile reveals perfectly aligned teeth on the top and bottom rows. Your previous condition has vanished, and your top and bottom teeth align comfortably with a healthy bite. Your new smile exceeds your expectations, and you can’t wait to maintain it during the retention phase. You walk out of Jupiter Orthodontics with a confident smile that you can’t stop sharing. Your in-person orthodontic treatment was a success.

The risks in at-home orthodontic care should not be ignored!

In this scenario, at-home orthodontic care resulted in an ineffective treatment that required in-person orthodontic care in the end to reverse damage. (At-home orthodontic care can lead to even greater damage than this scenario!) When you choose in-person orthodontic care with an orthodontist, you’re choosing a path that will save you a considerable amount of time and money.

At Jupiter Orthodontics, we want you to experience a confident smile without damaging your teeth or gums. If you’re seeking an orthodontist in Jupiter, we would love to meet you! Please feel free to reach out to us or schedule your free exam with Dr. King today.  Jupiter Orthodontics is proud to serve the Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and Hobe Sound, FL communities.

WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT MY BITE?

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Many people find themselves saying, “I just want straight teeth. I don’t care if I have an improper bite.” Their motivating desire is to have straighter teeth, not to improve their bite.

While straightening teeth is extremely important, your bite alignment is equally as important!

People who have adapted to an improper bite over time have no reference for a healthy bite. They may think their bite is normal, yet they’re unknowingly experiencing the harmful effects of an improper bite.

Improve Your Quality of Life

Straight teeth are an important component to a healthy bite, as teeth must be excellently aligned for an excellent bite condition. You can’t achieve the bite you need without excellent tooth alignment!

With a proper bite, you will notice:

  • A more proportionate facial balance and attractiveness with balanced jaw positions and lip position
  • An expanded airway, which makes breathing, eating and sleeping significantly easier
  • Healthy teeth and gums protected from damage and diseases

Understanding Bite Relationships

Dental occlusion, which is a person’s bite, refers to the relationship and alignment of the lower and upper teeth when the mouth is closed. Occlusion basically describes how the teeth fit together.

A malocclusion is an incorrect bite relationship or an irregular alignment of teeth giving the characteristic of spacing or crowding. At least 70% of the population has a malocclusion! Although most people experience an improper bite, it’s not “normal”, and it disables you from living your best quality of life.

Malocclusions can contribute to three types of problems:

  • Esthetic/Psychological: Evidence shows that a malocclusion and unhealthy alignment are associated with a negative social status, while a healthy occlusion and alignment are associated with a positive social status.
    • Employment: An esthetically attractive person has a better chance of being perceived as qualified by employers.
    • Self-Esteem: Your dental and orthodontic structures directly affect your appearance. The more attractive your teeth and bite are, the higher your social status is perceived, which causes you to have a greater self-esteem.
  • Functional: Living with a malocclusion increases your potential for developing problems during your daily functions, namely chewing, swallowing and speaking. With an improper bite, you’ll likely experience pain and discomfort around the temporomandibular joints, or the two joints that connect the jaw to the skull. A malocclusion can also damage the periodontal tissues and the teeth over time by deterioration.
  • Injury/Pathology: Protruding upper teeth are at a greater risk of being injured from a trauma. In fact, “the risk of trauma to the upper incisors is as high as ⅓ in children with untreated incisor protrusion” (1). Poor alignment and crowded teeth also complicate hygiene and increase the risk of developing cavities and gum disease.

The Bottom Line

A malocclusion, or improper bite or tooth relationships, can significantly affect your quality of life without you even realizing it. A healthy bite will help you breathe easier, speak easier, sleep easier, focus easier and encourage a positive self-esteem.

Investing in orthodontic treatment to achieve a better bite and a more pleasing smile will pay off for a lifetime, in more ways than one!

If you’re ready to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. King, request your appointment here!

If you have any questions regarding bites or how you can achieve your healthiest smile yet, don’t hesitate to contact us or ask us a question.

Sources:
1. Proffit WR, Fields HW, Sarver DM. Contemporary orthodontics. 4th ed. St. Louis, Mo.: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:751.

IS IT IMPORTANT TO WEAR MY RETAINER AFTER ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?

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Imagine a patient who’s just broken her arm. We’ll call her Suzie. Suzie will be rushed to the emergency room to mend her broken arm. Depending on her condition, the doctors will most likely perform surgery, realign the arm bones and send Suzie home with a cast to enforce the proper structure of her arm for the next few months or so.

Now imagine she removes her cast after one day of wear. The arm bones don’t know the proper way to heal; they have no structure or alignment for growth support. The arm will most likely resume its broken position, reverting to an unhealthy alignment with improper growth. Essentially, Suzie just underwent surgery for no reason, and she’ll have to endure treatment all over again.

Now, apply this to your orthodontic treatment.

You just went through a full 18-month treatment of traditional metal braces or Invisalign® clear aligners. The day your braces are removed, Dr. King gives you your retainer (or in Suzie’s case, her cast) to wear diligently for the next year. If you choose not to wear your retainer, your teeth will revert to their previous position prior to your braces treatment. To avoid regression in your treatment, your teeth need subsequent enforcement and structure once your braces are removed.

Soft tissues need reinforcement 

Your braces have been removed, and your teeth and gums are standing freely on their own. They’ve become accustomed to constant surrounding pressure enforcing their structure and supporting them in their position. Once the crutch is removed, your teeth and gums will need to stabilize without the help of braces. With no enforcement, teeth have a natural tendency to revert to their natural position. (Their natural position is the reason you initially needed braces, so you obviously don’t want them back in that same position!) Your teeth and gums are tender after your braces are removed; they’re easily influenced by pressure. Wearing your retainer as prescribed will keep your teeth and gums in the proper position, supporting them through the day and night. The retainer will literally retain your perfect smile.

Teeth shift out of place

Your retainer is designed to correct overcrowding or spacing in your teeth. If your teeth are prone to spacing, your retainer’s design will ensure your teeth are held tightly together. Eventually, after a period of retention, your teeth will stabilize in a compact formation. If your mouth is relatively small and your teeth are prone to overcrowding and overlapping each other, your retainer will be designed to leave space where it’s necessary. This position will also stabilize once your retainer is worn sufficiently.

Similarly, your retainer’s design will leave room for wisdom teeth to grow with a healthy amount of space. Wisdom teeth typically emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. As many people have braces before or during this period, the emergence of wisdom teeth must be considered during an orthodontic treatment and after. Your retainer will ensure enough space for wisdom teeth to grow in properly. Failure to wear your retainer will cause crowded teeth and gapped teeth to reappear.

How long should I wear my retainer?

Depending on the type of retainer you choose, you will be prescribed an amount of time to keep your retainer in place. We offer different types of retainers, including removable retainers and permanent retainers. Removable retainers will be worn full-time, day and night, for 2 weeks following removal of your braces. After 2 weeks of full-time wear, Dr. King will give you the green light to wear your retainer only at night. Eventually, you will be able to wear your retainer at night a few days a week, and you will continue to wear it like this for as long as you want to keep your teeth in excellent condition. (We recommend forever!)

If you have a permanent retainer, this will stay in place supporting your bottom teeth for the foreseeable future. Some patients choose to have these removed after years, while most get used to their permanent retainer very quickly and choose not to have it removed. As long as your permanent retainer remains in, your bottom teeth will have constant structural enforcement keeping them straight and properly aligned.

If you’re ready to take the next step and want to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. King, you can do so here!
If you have any questions about retainers, braces or Invisalign®, Jupiter Orthodontics has you covered. Feel free to contact us here!

We are proud to serve the Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and Hobe Sound, FL communities.

HOW TO EAT AND DRINK WITH CLEAR ALIGNERS / INVISALIGN

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Invisalign Clear Aligners have become an increasingly popular orthodontic treatment option because patients can remove them when necessary and they are very discreet.  Sounds simple, right?? It is, but we still get questions on proper protocol when eating and drinking with clear aligners.  Here are a few tips that we share with our patients:

  • Always remove your custom made aligners before eating/drinking.  

There are several reasons why this is important.

    • Aside from water, drinking fluids such as coffee, tea, cola or wine can stain the invisible aligners over time.  Stained aligners will make your teeth look discolored and the advantage of having clear orthodontics will dissipate over time.
    • Eating while wearing your aligners can cause them to break or become distorted. It takes time to order new aligners and waiting for a replacement tray to be delivered will delay treatment and become more costly.
    • When you eat food, your body uses the saliva in your mouth to help wash away sugars and food particles left behind. If you eat with your aligners on, food can become trapped over time, leading to decay.
    • Avoid drinking hot beverages when wearing your aligners, as they can warp the material and hinder treatment. We recommend only drinking cool/room temperature clear water while wearing your aligners.
  • Keep an oral hygiene kit on hand.
    • Ask us for a retainer case to keep your trays in when you remove them to eat or drink.  Placing them on a napkin or paper towel is very precarious, as we have had several patients accidentally throw away their aligners.
    • Keep some floss and a toothbrush handy at all times.  It is always best to floss and brush before putting your aligners back into place.  If you do not have these items, be sure to at least rinse your mouth with some mouthwash or warm water.
  • Keep your aligners clean.
    • Be sure to gently brush your aligners with a gentle mouthwash like Crest Pro Health.  Listerine and toothpaste are too abrasive to use on the aligners and can cause them to become damaged over time.

Clear braces are a fun way to straighten misaligned teeth because no one will know you have them except for you, especially when you take proper care of your invisible braces while you eat.

As always, the Jupiter Orthodontist team is here to answer any of your questions and to help you any way that we can to ensure that your Invisalign works perfectly according to your treatment plan.  Please feel free to call our office and any member of our team will be happy to assist you. Jupiter orthodontics is proud to serve the Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and Hobe Sound, FL communities.

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD’S TEETH WHILE PLAYING SPORTS

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September 14th, 2018

A new school year has begun, and with that, sports season is just around the corner. As the buzz of club try- outs, evaluations, selecting teams and practice/games schedules begins, it is important to not forget about safety!

Proper Equipment

When participating in sports, safety equipment should be at the top of the list when it comes to an athlete’s uniform. Helmets are typically required when playing sports such as football, baseball, softball, etc. But are mouth guards a part of the standard equipment? The American Association of Orthodontist found that 84% of children playing an organized sport do not wear a mouth guard because they are not required to do so. This is very concerning because athletes who do not wear a mouth guard are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth. If your child is playing in any of the following sports, it is recommended by the American Dental Association that they wear a mouth guard: football, basketball, lacrosse, gymnastics, martial arts, roller hockey, skateboarding, soccer, volleyball and even surfing! We will take it a step further and say that players involved in baseball and softball should wear a mouth guard, as well. Any time there is a chance for contact to the face by the ground, another player or a ball, a mouth guard should be worn.

Injuries

While wearing a mouth guard is not a sure proof way of preventing all dental injuries, it certainly helps reduce the potential severity of the injury. Approximately, 50% of sports injuries are directly to the mouth and many require professional treatment to minimize long term complications.

  • Tooth fracture/Tooth loss

One of the most common dental injuries that occurs in sports. When a tooth cracks or is knocked out due to impact with the ground or a hard ball, it is imperative to seek medical treatment in order to try and preserve the tooth. Wearing a mouth guard will significantly lower the chances of cracking a tooth or having one knocked out completely. Treating these injuries can be very costly for the parent and uncomfortable for the child.

  • Splitting of the Lip/Tongue

This occurs quite frequently when a player does not wear a mouth guard. They take a stumble, make hard contact with another player or have a ball hit them directly in the mouth, causing one or more of their teeth to puncture their tongue or lip. Again, a mouth guard can significantly reduce the risk of this injury.

Types of Mouth Guards

  • Ready Made/Boil and Bite

These are the most common mouth guards because they are the least expensive. While they do not offer the same protection as a mouth guard that is made by a dentist or orthodontist, it is still better than wearing nothing.

  • Custom Made Mouth Guards

These mouth guards are more expensive than the OTC mouth guards, but they offer the best protection. They are customized by a doctor or professional technician to ensure a proper fit and are the best option for players with braces or dental implants.

Proper Handling of the Mouth Guard

It is crucial to explain to your child the proper positioning of the mouth guard. We understand it is very common for players to complain that a mouth guard is uncomfortable or bulky and not want to wear it. To ensure the effectiveness of the mouth guard, the player needs to leave the mouth guard in place while in action and not chew on it. The mouth guard cannot do its job if is being treated like a piece of gum.

Once the game or practice is over, the mouth guard should be washed with a non alcohol mouth wash or brushed with toothpaste and a toothbrush. Gently dry the mouth guard and store in a dry case. Never leave the mouth guard loose in a gym bag or store damp, as it can collect loads of bacteria and germs.

Ultimately, it is impossible to guarantee an injury free sports season but there are steps that can be taken to lessen the chances. It is our sincere hope that parents and coaches will do everything in their power to provide proper safety equipment for all sporting participants. Please let us know if we can help in any way!

We wish everyone a safe and fun sports season! Remember, protect those teeth!