Is your child active in sports? If so, our dentist or our orthodontist may recommend that your child get a sports guard to protect their teeth and dental appliances while they play. Dr. Rita Daghlian and Dr. Paul Sokolowski can create your sports guard in Huntington Beach, California, at 714-848-0234. The oral appliance will be custom-made to your child’s unique smile, giving him or her a highly-comfortable fit.

Sports dentistry is beneficial for all of our active patients, but is particularly important for children who play high-contact sports, such as:

  • Wrestling
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Rugby

There are many sports guards available in drugstores, including stock mouth guards, boil and bite mouth guards and custom mouth guards. By far, the most effective and most comfortable is a custom-made mouth guard. It can fit your child’s smile comfortably, preventing serious dental injuries such as:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Damage to the tongue
  • Damage to the lips
  • Damage to the cheeks and gums.

A stock mouth guard is made ready to wear. They are purchased at most drugstores and sporting goods stores. They cannot be adjusted, making breathing and speaking difficult. The stock appliance isn’t particularly effective at protecting the tooth. A boil and bite guard can be slightly customized with hot water, but still doesn’t provide adequate comfort or protection to your child’s teeth. When we make a custom mouth guard, it will be designed based on impressions taken in our office. The mouth guard is molded over the model using specialized materials. This creates a perfect fit that is comfortable to wear and provides good protection to the teeth.

This service is available to patients with and without braces. Schedule your appointment with Daghlian Pediatric Dentistry & Sokolowski Orthodontics at 714-848-0234.