Protecting your smile while playing sports is essential when you have braces. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury.
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, wrestling, it is recommended by the Canadian Association of Orthodontists that you wear a mouthguard.
Types of Mouthguards
Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, or the so-called “boil-and-bite” mouthguard, are more suitable when wearing braces, as your teeth are changing. A custom-made mouthguard from an orthodontist or dentist is more appropriate after treatment is complete.
Pre-made mouthguards and “boil-and-bite” mouthguards can be purchased at most sporting good stores, while custom-made mouthguards are specially designed by an orthodontist to provide optimal protection against mouth injuries.
It is wise to wear a mouthguard during contact sports. We can show you how to fit a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right one to protect your smile.
Taking Care of Your Mouthguard
Similar to a retainer, braces, or any other special dental appliance, it is important to take care of your mouthguard by storing it properly and keeping it clean, as well as knowing when to replace your old mouthguard with a new one.
Here are a few simple ways to keep your mouthguard clean and working correctly:
- Rinse your mouthguard at the arena and later gently scrub it after each use with a toothbrush.
- Store your mouthguard in a protective case.
- Do not leave ir in the sun or in hot water or it may become deformed.
- Replace your mouthguard at the beginning of every new sports season. You should also replace it if you notice it has become worn and not longer fits properly.
- If you wear braces, our office can help design a mouthguard to protect your teeth and fit over your braces.
- Do not chew on your mouthguard.
- Bring your mouthguard into your appointment if you would like us check it.
Sports-related injuries to the mouth and jaw are among the most common injuries suffered by athletes. Our goal is to help minimize your chances of a sports-related injury to your smile. Be sure to ask us about mouthguards at your next appointment, and GO TEAM!