Throughout your orthodontic treatment with braces (or aligners) it's extra important to protect your teeth against the damage that could be caused by a blow to the face while playing sports. Today our Coquitlam orthodontists explain why a sports mouthguard is an essential piece of equipment whenever you play sports.
Sports Mouthguards (Sports Guards)
Whenever you're playing sports, a sports mouthguard (sports guard) is essential for helping to protect your braces, the inside of your mouth, and your developing straighter smile! In fact, our Coquitlam orthodontists believe that whether you wear braces or not, a sports guard is always a good idea for athletes.
Don't Risk Your Developing Smile
A sports guard is a piece of protective equipment that is particularly important for anyone undergoing orthodontic treatment.
The brackets and wires that make up braces can prove to be an additional hazard if you are hit in the mouth while playing sports. If you aren't wearing a mouthguard and receive a blow to the mouth, the chances of damaging to your braces increases, as does the risk of injury to the soft tissues of your mouth caused by the hard edges of your brackets.
It's also important to note that, because teeth become looser as they shift into their corrected positions, during orthodontic treatment your teeth can be more easily knocked out due to an impact!
A sports mouthguard can help to keep your teeth where they should be, protect the inside of your mouth, and prevent damage to your braces (and an emergency trip to the orthodontist for repairs).
Types of Sports Mouthguards
Store bought mouthguards are readily available at most well stocked pharmacies, but when it comes to protecting your teeth and mouth, a custom fitted sports mouthguard from your dentist is your best bet if you have braces. Custom-made guards are moulded to fit your unique smile, and provide the best possible protection for your teeth and braces.