Around this time last year, I wrote a post about mouth guards, and afterward, I thought I would put some to the test by trying different brands on my own child. As I mentioned in my last post on this topic, mouth guards may not be required for all sports, but that certainly doesn’t mean they aren’t necessary. Once our kids’ permanent teeth come in, it’s important to protect them.
So, when my son signed up for soccer, I purchased a handful of guards of varying brands: Shock Doctor, Zone, Under Armour, and Nike. The instructions were simple and the guards were easy to fit and mold to the mouth. But my son felt they were a bit bulky and I would have to agree. These guards seemed better suited for high impact sports like football, hockey, and lacrosse.
Based on a tip from a colleague, I was told about a brand that she had heard of at a dental meeting. The brand is called Sisu. My son said that he could breathe better and it was much less bulky than the over the counter brands. The Sisu guard seemed more suited for lower-impact sports such as basketball and soccer. There was a learning curve to fit this guard. It definitely was more challenging to fit. Luckily, it can be boiled again and refit up to 20 times without compromising its strength.
As you look for the best mouth guard for your child, I encourage you to try out a few different brands. If the fit isn’t quite right and your child isn’t comfortable wearing one – chances are, they won’t.
Dr. Melissa McCool is a proud mom of an 8-year-old and is a pediatric dentist at The Smile Shop.