If you play any kind of sport or enjoy any sort of recreation that could result in damage to your teeth, you should wear a sports mouth guard. This is especially true if you have orthodontics. You need to protect your teeth at all times, and a blow to your mouth could damage your smile and your braces. Blows to the mouth are especially dangerous with braces, since they could break brackets, pop wires and cause damage to the soft tissues of the mouth.
Clear aligners can be less risky to wear for these sorts of activities, but they still present their own dangers. A blow to the mouth could break one of your aligners, costing you time and money to replace it and potentially setting you back on your treatment. Even if a blow does not break the aligners, they could be forced out of the mouth and stepped on or otherwise compromised.
Sports mouth guards are especially important after orthodontic treatment, too. Since moving teeth into their proper alignment is so difficult, it is always a shame when an accidental hit reverses the orthodontic work in a single moment. A sports mouth guard, custom-fitted to your new smile, is an inexpensive investment to protect the time and effort that went towards your new smile.
If you would like to talk to our orthodontist about a sports mouth guard in Glastonbury, Connecticut, call Risinger Orthodontics at 860-633-8321. Dr. Richard Risinger will be happy to meet with you.
Our orthodontist and team are dedicated to keeping your smile healthy and free from pain. To help us do this, we provide several types of mouth guards at our office. For our athletic patients, we often recommend a type of mouth guard called an athletic mouth guard or sports guard. Sports guards fit over your teeth while you play sports and participate in other athletic activities to protect your smile from injury. Sports guards are especially important for our patients who play high-contact sports such as wrestling, football, hockey and rugby; however, all types of athletes can benefit from an athletic mouth guard. Whether you play soccer, basketball or baseball, a sports guard can be a great way to protect your smile and keep it safe.
While a number of types of athletic mouth guards are available, a custom-made mouth guard is the most effective in protecting your smile. This type of mouth guard is designed to comfortably fit your smile and prevent dental injury such as knocked out and chipped teeth. A sports guard can also help to prevent injury to the soft tissues of the mouth, including the tongue, lips, cheeks and gums.
We invite you to contact our office today to learn more about mouth guards and their benefits. We look forward to caring for your smile!