Children's Mouth Guards Overview
If your child plays a sport (such as soccer, boxing, football, baseball, hockey, or wrestling), then board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Jeni Kong strongly suggests wearing a custom-made mouth guard to shield their gums, teeth, and jawbone from damage or injury. Compared to store-bought generic mouth guards, custom-made mouth guards from Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry are crafted and adjusted specifically for each child, which makes wearing them even more effective and comfortable. If you want to decrease the risk of harm to your child's smile, we invite you to contact our state-of-the-art practice in Lawrenceville, GA for more information about our custom-made mouth guards.
Best Candidates for Children's Mouth Guards
Mouth guards are helpful if your child participates in a sport with a high risk of injury or frequent contact. A number of our patients take part in martial arts, football, volleyball, hockey, softball, soccer, wrestling, and other contact sports. A mouth guard may be particularly helpful if your child has dental restorations or braces, as these can easily cause damage to the gums and other soft tissues in the mouth. Mouth guards also have been proven to assist athletes engaging in non-contact sports (like jogging, yoga, and weight lifting) by reducing strain on the teeth and jawbone. Since a custom-made mouth guard is created specifically for your child's needs, it typically fits better and lasts longer compared to boil-and-bite or stock mouth guards bought at sporting goods shops.
Children's Mouth Guards Insurance Coverage
At your child's initial consultation, Dr. Jeni will talk with you about your mouth guard options and treatment costs. Insurance may cover a portion of the cost, so we will contact your insurance provider to determine your child's exact benefits and calculate any personal expenses. Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry accepts several types of payment methods, including special patient financing.
What to Expect with Children's Mouth Guards
For the first step in making your's child's mouth guard, Dr. Jeni and our team will take impressions of the upper and lower teeth. These impressions will be sent to a dental lab where professionals will create your child's mouth guard from high-quality, durable materials. Once the mouth guard is made and sent to our practice, your child will need to return to our office to have the appliance fitted. Dr. Jeni will adjust the mouth guard if needed and make sure it is comfortable for your child.
Children's Mouth Guards Follow-Up
Once your child receives their mouth guard, it is important that they wear it during sports or any time the mouth requires extra protection. Taking care of your child's mouth guard will be critical in maintaining its lifespan. It is important to keep it in a secure location and wash it before and after every use. Dr. Jeni will recommend the ideal method to clean your child's mouth guard depending on the material used to create it. Your child should bring it to each dental appointment so Dr. Jeni can check its current state and also let you know when a new guard is needed.
Custom Mouth Guards
Protect your child's dental health and boost their sports performance with a custom-made mouth guard. Dr. Jeni provides high-quality mouth guards to protect your child's smile from accidents and injury during impact sports. Schedule an appointment at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA today to find out more information on the advantages of custom-made mouth guards.