Braces and Sports: How to Protect Your Mouth

October 6, 2015

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Braces can be difficult, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up the sport you love! As long as you keep your braces protected during practice and games there is no reason to stop playing. No matter what sport you play it is important to take precaution with your mouth and braces. There are a few different methods of protection that will keep your braces, teeth, and lips safe during sports activities.

 

1. Orthodontic Mouthguard

  • Wear a mouthguard for practices and game, specifically an orthodontic mouthguard. This can prevent concussions, lacerations, fractures, dislocations, broken teeth, and broken braces.
  • Dentists don’t recommend the boil and bite mouthguard because they can get stuck in your braces if hit, and will pull them off with the mouthguard. Another reason is because when your teeth shift in the braces the mouthguard will try to shift them back creating a larger problem in your mouth.

2. Dental Silicon or Wax

  • This silicon comes in strips that can be cut to size and then pressed into the braces to protect cheeks/lips from internal impact.
  • Covering the braces with dental wax before a practice or game will reduce the amount of cuts and scratches in your mouth.

3. Full Facial Guard

  • These are most commonly used in football and offer protection to your mouth and face from outside impact.
  • You are still vulnerable to damage to you braces, teeth, and lips from internal impact which is why it is advised to wear a mouthguard as well with this form of protection.

For more information about braces or orthodontic mouthguard give us a call, (801) 272-9900. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, call our office at once for an appointment. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.

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