Whether you have adult braces, clear braces or invisible braces, any reputable New York orthodontist will tell you that you should make it a priority to take care of your teeth during your treatment. For many active individuals who play and participate in contact sports like football, gymnastics, lacrosse or rugby, part of that means wearing a mouth guard.

However, many men, women and children may think protecting their teeth when partaking in athletic activities isn't possible. This belief couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, people with orthodontic appliances in their mouth typically have three mouth guards to select from including:

1) Stock mouth protectors
This item is typically found in most sporting good stores and is relatively inexpensive. But, keep in mind that if you choose to purchase one, it may not fit very well and lots of oral care experts warn against their use.

2) Bite and mouth protectors
Like stock mouth protectors, bite and mouth protectors are usually found in stores where sporting equipment is purchased. These guards are constructed from thermoplastic material. The first time it is used, you immerse it in hot water to soften it, put it in your mouth and mold it around your teeth and brackets using your finger and tongue.

3) Custom-fitted mouth protectors
These guards are created by a dental expert and are made from a mold taken of your mouth and teeth. Although this type of protection is pricier than the other mouth guards discussed above, custom-fitted mouth protectors fit better than those that are store bought and are the most comfortable to wear when engaged in physical activity that involves contact.

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