How To Protect Your Teeth With Braces
Fall has arrived and with it comes sports season. As much as you want to avoid them, injuries are inevitable, especially those to the head and face. A blow to the head can not only cause substantial injuries but also can lead to broken brackets and braces. Since your front teeth protrude, they often sustain the most damage.
You wear shin guards, elbow pads, wrist guards, and a helmet, but what are you doing to protect your teeth?
Imagine these less-than-pretty scenarios: a ball crashes straight into your mouth, or you get tackled, face to the ground, or someone hits you with a bat. This could cause a major injury to your lips, teeth, and jaw. Do you know that a mouthguard can keep your teeth in place while also absorbing any impact? A mouthguard can minimize injuries or avoid them altogether.
Mouthguards vary in price from just a few dollars to hundreds of dollars. There are pre-made mouthguards, “boil and bite” mouthguards or customized ones created by your orthodontist. We can discuss all of these options at your next appointment.
Once you get a mouthguard, remember to replace it at the beginning of each season, to clean it after each use, to store it in its case, and to keep it out of the heat to ensure that it does not melt and lose its shape.
Whatever your sport, whether you play hockey, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, baseball, or even non-contact sports like track and field, if you wear braces, we recommend that you wear a mouthguard too.
Now, go out there and SCORE!