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, or wrestling, it is recommended by the American 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, the "boil-and-bite" fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard. With braces, you will need to wear a specific mouthguard made for patients who have braces. Do not use the boil and bite mouthguards.
If you wear braces or a retainer, it is imperative for you to wear a mouthguard during contact sports so you can protect your teeth. We have special mouthguards made specifically for people in braces that come in a wide variety of colors. They are available for free at our office upon request, just ask!
Sports-related injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries incurred by athletes. In fact, Dr. Bre herself knocked a front tooth out playing basketball when she was in high school. She is always encouraging her patients to wear mouthguards in any sport that could potentially cause harm to the teeth. Our goal is to help minimize your chances of a sports-related injury to your smile. Be sure to ask your doctor about mouthguards at your next appointment — GO TEAM!