Mouthguards

Jumping on a trampoline, skate boarding, gymnastics, playing hockey, baseball, or basketball are just some of the fun activities kids engage in every day. Although very different, all of these activities have one thing in common: the potential for trauma to the mouth, face, and jaw. Trauma may include fractured or avulsed teeth, broken jaws, laceration of the soft tissues, concussions, and many others. Any of these injuries could impact the way you smile, talk, and eat forever. This can all be easily prevented by wearing a properly fitted mouthguard.

Studies have shown that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they are not wearing a mouthguard. Mouthguards are recommended to be worn at all times during recreational activities and sports, including practices. We all know that convincing a child to do so will require a comfortable device that does not obstruct his or her ability to talk and excel in the sport of choice.

There are three types of mouthguards: ready-made or stock mouthguard, “boil and bite” mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard fabricated by your dentist. According to the American Dental Association, the mouthguard should fit properly, be durable, be easy to clean and not restrict speech or breathing. The best mouthguard is one that is custom-made to fit your mouth. These kinds of mouthguards are tailored to the individual’s mouth, they are gentle on the soft tissues like cheeks and gums, and can be adjusted by your dentist to ensure proper fit over time.

“What if I have braces? Can I wear a mouthguard?” Absolutely! A mouthguard will provide a cushion between your braces and your lips and cheeks. This will prevent damage to the braces but also protect the soft tissues of the mouth. Typically, mouthguards are made to fit on the upper teeth, but if you have appliances that prevent wearing a mouth guard on the top teeth, a custom-made mouthguard for the bottom teeth is possible. Talk to us about which mouthguard is best for you.

Protect your mouth and your smile. Wear a mouthguard!

Invisalign

All conversations about orthodontics these days include Invisalign. Of all the options we have to straighten teeth, it is the most esthetic and accepted treatment. The most common questions we get about the aligners are if they work, if they hurt, and what is the cost?

Invisalign does work! Invisalign is essentially a series of removable clear aligners (much like the bleaching trays) that are worn day and night to align the teeth.  They are almost invisible and allow patients to speak clearly and smile without visible braces. Since the aligners are removable, compliance is absolutely necessary to get a great result, so it takes a persistent patient for the success of Invisalign.  Since compliance is critical, the majority of our Invisalign patients are adults.  However, some teen patients have been excellent at wearing them as well. In addition, with new research and developments, we have been pushing the envelope of treating more difficult orthodontic cases with Invisalign where braces were traditionally the only option.  

So how does it work? Each aligner slightly moves the teeth and treatment consists of a series of aligners, each a little closer to the ideal bite, to progressively straighten teeth.  The more complicated the bite correction is to begin with, the more aligners and greater the length of treatment will be needed. Since the movement with each aligner is slight, the pressure and discomfort are minimal. Most patients adjust to wearing their new aligners very quickly as there are no brackets or wires to get used to.

The cost of Invisalign treatment depends on the length of treatment and number of aligners necessary.  It is however, close to the same price as adult braces.  It can be as few as five aligners for minor treatment.  Longer treatments last between six and twelve months, which is generally shorter than patients expect.  The treatment and cost will be customized to fit patient’s concerns and the orthodontists will work with patients to fulfill their best smiles on a budget.

We have seen that many patients, especially adults who do not desire to have metal braces, have put off orthodontic treatment because of questions about Invisalign.  Now that they have been answered, all the specifics of an individual’s needs can be answered during complimentary consultation.  The orthodontists we refer to are Board Certified and have extensive experience with Invisalign.

The road to straight teeth is easier and shorter than most patients expect.  The key is starting as soon as possible to enjoy a beautiful new smile for a lifetime!

Dr. Lindhorst, Dr. Jadav and Smiles For Kids Pediatric Dental Team