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Participating in sports can be a great way to stay in shape, understand the limits of personal potential and feel invigorated in many areas in life. At the same time, the braces installed in your mouth at Dr. Rehana Khan’s Santa Monica, California orthodontic clinic have been designed to realign your teeth for a more appealing smile and prevention of certain dental problems.

Throughout the realignment process, athletes with braces might want to consider wearing a quality mouth guard during the required times. Yet many of the units available on store shelves can feel bulky, impede breathing, or fail to conform properly around the natural location of your braces hardware.

In a situation like this, athletes with braces playing in vigorous athletics might want to consider having Dr. Rehana Khan fit them for a custom mouth guard. This is a soft, yet durable unit, designed to meet the unique shape of your mouth as well as the orthodontic hardware. It will also allow for ease of breathing, which encourages use to maximize your protection.

The custom mouth guard will require some minor care and maintenance. You will need to rinse it after every practice and game to remove any plaque buildup. At the end of that day, you will also need to give it a light brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a nonabrasive toothpaste. Once this is done, you will need to store it safely in the case provided.

If you’re an athlete with braces and you’re concerned about how to protect your game during practices and games, you should call 310-393-3344 to schedule a mouth guard consultation with Dr. Rehana Khan.