Protecting your smile while playing sports is essential when you have braces. Mouthguards 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.
Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. The “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard that is purchased at a store interferes with speech and breathing. It also offers limited protection from trauma. The custom-made mouthguard made by Dr Richardson does not interfere with speech and breathing and offers maximum protection from trauma. Also it is tear-resistant, comfortable and well fitted for your mouth and easy to keep clean.
If you wear braces or a retainer, it is imperative for you to wear a mouthguard during contact sports. Dr Richardson can show you how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right mouthguard to protect your smile.
Taking Care of Your Mouthguard
Similar to a retainer, braces, or any other special dental appliance, it is crucial 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:
- Gently scrub it after each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Store your mouthguard in a protective case.
- Do not leave it in the sun or in hot water as it may melt or 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.
- Do not wear a retainer with your mouthguard. If you wear braces, Dr Richardson will help design a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your braces.
- Do not chew on, or cut pieces off, your mouthguard. Mouthguards come in different shapes and sizes, so ask us which is best for you.
- Bring your mouthguard to each checkup and Dr Richardson can check to make sure it’s still in good shape!
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. GO TEAM!
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