With sports in full swing, Dr. Akavan recommends that her patients in Tarzana, California wear mouth guards. Mouth Guards are an essential part of many athlete’s sport equipment that protect player’s teeth preventing dental injury. And patients who grind their teeth are also encouraged to wear mouth guards. There are three types of mouth guards: stock mouth guards, boil and bite mouth guards and orthodontic mouth guards. Akavan Orthodontics is happy to advise its patients in Tarzana, California on which mouth guard is right for them.
Stock mouth guards are preformed and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive and can be bought at most sporting goods stores in Tarzana, California. Unfortunately, little can be done to adjust their fit: they are bulky, make breathing and talking difficult and they provide little or no protection. Dr. Akavan does not recommend this type of mouth guard to her patients. Boil and bite mouth guards can also be bought at many sporting goods stores in San Fernando Valley, and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. Boil and bite mouth guards are made from a thermoplastic material so that consumers can do just as the name says; “boil and bite” to ensure a perfect fit. Hot water softens this product and allows consumers to shape the mouth guard around their teeth using finger and tongue pressure. Dr. Akavan does not recommend that patients use this mouth guard if they have braces however. Lastly, orthodontic mouth guards are mouth guards you can get from Akavan Orthodontics. They are more expensive than the other types, but they will provide the most comfort and protection.