Mouthguards

If you have braces, it’s very important to make sure they’re protected from damage while you’re playing sports.

We recommend that you use a mouthguard to protect your teeth and gums from any injury if you play hockey, soccer, basketball, football, volleyball, wrestling, skiing and snowboarding, boxing, gymnastics, martial arts, rugby, skateboarding, racquetball, lacrosse, surfing, weightlifting, or track and field.

Mouthguard Types

There are three types of mouthguards to consider:

Pre-made mouthguards and “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguards (in most sporting goods stores) and a custom-made mouthguard. Any mouthguard you use should be tear-resistant, easy to clean, well fitted for your mouth, and doesn’t impede your breathing.

We suggest a custom mouthguard. They’re specially designed and will offer you the greatest protection from mouth injuries if you wear braces or a retainer.

How to take care of your mouthguard

Like any other appliance that’s designed to help your teeth and smile, a mouthguard must be taken care of and cleaned correctly. If should also be replaced once it’s become old and doesn’t offer optimal protection.

To keep your mouthguard clean and in good condition, you should:

  • Gently scrub it after each use with a toothbrush and paste
  • Store it in a protective case
  • Prevent it from melting or becoming deformed by keeping it out of hot water or the sun
  • Replace it at the beginning of a new sports season, or if it doesn’t fit properly
  • Avoid chewing on it

If you wear a mouthguard, do not wear it with your retainer.

Bring your mouthpiece with you to your next appointment so that the orthodontist can make sure it still fits properly.

Our goal is to help minimize your chances of a sports-related injury to your smile. Be sure to ask your doctor about mouthguards at your next appointment.

Pittsburgh's Most Confident Smiles

Excellence In Service

I have 4 children who are patients of King Orthodontics and we always look forward to our visits. The atmosphere is relaxing and the staff is kind, & courteous. To top it off, we have never had to wait more than 10 minutes or so! Dr. King... and Dr. Bryan, are kind and knowledgeable and easily accessible too. I can’t say enough about this practice!

Elizabeth K, Monroeville PA

I just wanted to take a minute to write and let you know what a wonderful addition Dr. Babb is to your office. I was in twice this week and saw Dr. Babb on Monday for the first time. She is absolutely wonderful - just so nice and she really seems to be invested in her patients. The entire staff at Wexford office is wonderful and Dr. Babb is just icing on the cake.

Jen R, Pittsburgh PA

I absolutely love King Orthodontics!! The staff are so friendly and actually care about you and your teeth. Almost everyone who works there knows you by name which is very uncommon for a place with so many patients. It is so worth the hour drive it takes me to get there. I would highly recommend King Orthodontics to anyone!!!!!

Andrew G, Midland PA