When you wear braces, it is critical to protect your smile when participating in sports. Mouthguards assist in preventing harm to your teeth and gums. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that you wear a mouthguard if you participate in basketball, boxing, hockey, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, or wrestling.
Types of mouthguards
Choosing the appropriate mouthguard is critical. There are three primary varieties of mouthguards: pre-made, “boil-and-bite” fitted, and custom-made by your orthodontist. When selecting a mouthguard, make certain that it is tear-resistant, pleasant and well-fitting for your mouth, simple to clean, and does not obstruct your breathing.
Pre-made mouthguards and boil-and-bite mouthguards are available at most sports goods shops, while custom-made mouthguards are constructed specifically for you by your orthodontist to give the best protection possible against mouth injuries. If you have braces or a retainer, it is critical that you use a mouthguard while participating in contact sports. Your doctor may demonstrate how to correctly use a mouthguard and how to choose the best mouthguard to protect your smile.
Taking care of your mouthguard
Like a retainer, braces, or any other special dental appliance, your mouthguard needs to be taken care of. You need to store it properly and keep it clean, as well as know when to get a new mouthguard. The following are some simple ways to keep your mouthguard clean and working well:
- Softly scrub your mouthguard with a toothbrush and toothpaste after each use.
- Protect your mouthguard by putting it in a case.
- Keep your mouthguard out of the sun and out of hot water, because it could melt or get bent.
- At the start of each new sports season, you should change your mouth guard. Also, if you notice that your mouthguard has become worn and doesn’t fit properly, you should get a new one.
- Wear your mouthguard without a retainer. If you have braces, your doctor will assist you in designing a mouthguard that will protect both your teeth and braces.
- Avoid chewing on or removing portions of your mouthguard. Mouthguards available in a variety of forms and sizes; consult your dentist to determine which one is ideal for you.
- Bring your mouthguard to each dental visit to ensure it is still in excellent condition!
Mouth and jaw injuries sustained during sports are among the most frequent injuries sustained by athletes. Our objective is to assist you reduce your risk of suffering a sports-related damage to your smile. At your next checkup, be sure to inquire about mouthguards – GO TEAM!