Protect Your Smile
Protecting your smile while playing sports is essential when you have braces. Mouthguards work hard to protect your teeth and gums from injury.
The American Association of Orthodontists and Dr. Upton recommends you wear a mouthguard if you participate in contact sports like football, hockey, and basketball, as well as most other sports regardless of the level of contact involved.
Types of Mouthguards
Choosing the right mouthguard is very important. There are three basic types of mouthguards: pre-made mouthguards, the boil-and-bite fitted mouthguards, and a custom-made mouthguards from your orthodontist.
There are advantages and disadvantages of each kind of mouthguard, but make sure you choose one that is tear-resistant, comfortable and easy to clean. Additionally, it should fit well in your mouth and not get in the way of your breathing.
You can get pre-made mouthguards and boil-and-bite mouthguards at most sporting goods stores, while custom-made mouthguards are specially designed by your orthodontist to provide the best protection.
We are Here to Help
Sports-related injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries athletes experience.
Our goal at RiverView Orthodontics is to help minimize your chances of a sports-related injury to your smile.
Be sure to ask Dr. Upton about mouthguards at your next appointment.
Taking Care of Your Mouthguard
It’s important to take care of your mouthguard by storing it properly and keeping it clean.
Here are a few simple ways to keep your mouthguard clean and working correctly:
- Gently scrub your mouthguard after each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Store your mouthguard in a protective case.
- Don’t leave your mouthguard in the sun or in hot water, because it may melt or become deformed.
- Replace your mouthguard at the beginning of every new sports season. You should also replace your mouthguard if you notice that’s it’s worn or doesn’t ft correctly.
- Don’t wear a retainer with your mouthguard. If you wear braces, your dentist will help design a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your braces.
- Don’t chew on or cut pieces off of your mouthguard. Mouthguards come in different shapes and sizes; ask your dentist which is best for you.
- Bring your mouthguard to each checkup, so your doctor can check to make sure it's still in good shape!