Do you have a child in youth sports? Does he or she hate to wear a mouthguard? Or does he or she even gag on their mouthguard? My son had this problem and it almost ruined his entire season of football. So, mom to mom (or dad), I have a perfect solution to share with you for an at home DIY Custom Mouth Guard for Kids in Youth Sports.
Mouth guards are mandatory in most youth contact sports. My youngest son played tackle youth football for the first time this year but at first, he could not tolerate the large chunky mouthguard in his mouth. But, he needed to wear one because it’s required. I was so sad to see him crying and miserable, and honestly, it made him outright gag. He hated it! Yet, he wanted to play football, so as his mom, I had to be his advocate and find a way to make this work for my son. I’m happy to say I found the perfect mouth guard that he has tolerated and used the entire season of football with great success. I love this product!
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It’s this awesome mouth guard that is super thin! It’s a pure genius design!
This mouthguard is amazing! I’m not kidding:) A child can talk, breathe, and drink with it in. Plus, the best part is this custom mouth guard is extra thin for maximum comfort (it’s 50% thinner than most mouth guards). No more gagging!
What Sports is this Custom Mouth Guard Recommended for?
Sports are fun for kids, but we’ve gotta keep those teeth safe and protected! This mouth guard is recommended for use while playing the following sports:
- other contact sports
See packaging for more information and amount for dental warranty. Please direct all questions about this product directly to the manufacturer.
Why I LOVE this Custom Mouth Guard
It allowed my son to play a sport he loves!
Don’t let the inability to handle a chunky mouth guard stop your child from playing, get them this mouth guard so they too can participate. My son literally almost quit football after the very first practice because he couldn’t stop gagging during practice. It was torture for him. The mouth guard bothered him so much, he was ready to quit. I spent time searching online for a solution and I found this product. It was a true lifesaver and allowed him to enjoy an entire season of football. Now he can’t wait until next year when he can play football again:)
My son reported back to me that the mouth guard never bothered him at all. Not even once. He was able to keep the mouth guard in easily with zero gagging. That’s a total win!
This Custom Mouth Guard gave my son the ability to gain confidence through youth sports.
**Finding the right sports equipment for your child can help ensure their success and enjoyment of a sport.**
Since my son was able to play on his team, rather than quitting due to mouth guard intolerance, he has gained confidence and new friends. I am so happy that this product has made this giant success possible for my son. He learned how to play on a team, gained insight on how to play football, and enjoyed hours of physical exercise that he loved.
When I find a secret to help other moms and their kids, I’m going to shout it from the rooftops! This product is one of those shoutable worthy products:)
Kids can customize their mouth guard by picking their favorite color.
There are many colors of SISU mouth guards available. Click through the affiliate links below to see all the available colors. Here are a few.
DIY Custom Mouth Guard Fitted at Home
There are junior custom mouth guards made for kids ages 7-10. Plus, there is also a larger size for older kids age 11 and up, which even works for adults.
I won’t lie, getting the mouth guard to fit correctly was truly a tough challenge for my 9-year-old. The mouth guard is heated in boiling water, cooled, and then it must be molded to the child’s top teeth. The custom mouth guard can be reheated and molded up to 20 times. We took 15.
Eek! Right? 15!
It took us many attempts before we finally got it right. However, my teenager easily got his fitted properly in just 4 tries. So, the older the child, the easier it probably will be to get the customized and proper fit.
You will need to follow the directions on the insert exactly to get it right. It took us a few hours but it was totally worth it. It was nice to do it at home and find a way to get my son to tolerate keeping a mouth guard in his mouth for the long practices and games.
It is important to have some of those twenty remolds available in case your child loses a tooth. Kids of younger ages are losing teeth, so you will need to remold it customizing it to the new configuration of the child’s teeth after the tooth loss if the tooth is lost from the top jaw.
Special Note for kids with braces:
Do not attempt to use this custom mouth guard with braces. Contact your orthodontist for mouth guard recommendations and fitting mouth guards for kids with braces. I’ve been told by our orthodontist to never heat a mouth guard for a child with braces because this can actually remove the braces. Gasp!!! It needs to be done by an orthodontist or be sure to use an orthodontist recommended mouth guard specifically made for use with braces. Please contact and ask your orthodontist for advice on using mouth guards with braces.
Tips for Fitting this Custom Mouth Guard
In our experience, it worked best for me to stand near a sliding door to get the maximum amount of light after it was boiled and ready to be fitted to my son’s teeth. I inserted the mouth guard in the correct line up for his teeth and he bit down on the mouth guard. Next, I stood behind him and quickly began fitting it to his teeth using my own fingers (my older teen son was able to do this for himself successfully). I kept running my finger along it fitting it to my son’s teeth.
The child will then keep biting down while holding the mouthguard in place using his teeth and tongue. My son closed his lips and created a gentle suction as it hardened to a snug fit.
My younger son had a hard time keeping his tongue up for this part, so he would swallow over and over again while it was hardening against his teeth to help him keep his tongue up–an idea given to us by Grandpa, who happened to be visiting while we were fitting it–it did the trick. Thanks again, Grandpa!
When my son opened his mouth and the mouth guard did not fall but stayed snug, perfectly fitted to his teeth on his upper jaw, we knew we had successfully fitted it properly:) Yay! It was definitely hard work. Plan lots of time when attempting to fit it to younger kids.
Other tips for using this Custom Mouth Guard
Do not leave it in a hot car as it will start to melt and lose its shape if it gets too hot. Then you will have to reheat it and go through the fitting process all over again.
I’d also suggest avoiding the use of this type of custom mouth guard for long hot days of high school football practice. Especially when the temperatures are near 90 degrees because when my son was doing football practice on long hot summer days for six hours or more, the mouth guard did start to melt and lose its shape. So, my high school football player used his other traditional mouth guard for the long hot days of practice and saved the SISU custom mouth guard for shorter (and cooler) practices and games. This, of course, depends on the weather where you live.
Buy a mouth guard case for storage. This type of mouth guard does not have a tether so it can’t be attached to the helmet like other mouth guards.
Keep an extra custom mouth guard on hand in case another one is needed. I have not seen this product in the stores, only online, so if it is lost or damaged, it isn’t a quick run to the store, you have to wait for shipping times. For this reason, I bought an extra. We never ended up using the extra, but now I’m already prepared for the next contact sport my son signs up to play.
I hope this product helps your child stop gagging and enjoy playing their favorite sports in a more comfortable, yet still protected way. I love watching my boys play sports and I’m so happy to find products to enhance (and make possible) their enjoyment of team sports.
Enjoy watching your own kids play!
Interested in more tips for football moms? Check out these:)
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