01 Jan Why You Need A Mouthguard for Braces
Are you looking for ways to protect your teeth while wearing braces? Mouthguards can be a great option for people with braces to help prevent damage to the teeth and braces during physical activities.
Our orthodontic team in Whitby recommends using a mouthguard to protect your teeth and braces from potential injury. Mouthguards are especially important for people who play contact sports, but they can also be useful for other activities such as skateboarding or rollerblading. By using a mouthguard, you can help to prevent chipped teeth, broken brackets, and other dental injuries. Talk to your orthodontist about getting a mouthguard to help protect your teeth and braces.
Should I wear a mouthguard with braces?
Wearing braces while playing sports can increase your risk of injury to your teeth and gums. To protect your oral health, our Whitby orthodontists – Dr. Singer and Dr. Shaprio recommend using a mouthguard while participating in sports such as football, soccer, hockey, or basketball. These dental appliances form a protective layer over the teeth to reduce the risk of injury, distributing the force of impact across the teeth rather than concentrating it on one tooth. A custom-made mouthguard can be created specifically for you at Taunton Orthodontics, and we also offer mouthguards for children with braces.
Protect your progress in orthodontic treatment and your overall oral health by using a mouthguard while playing sports.
Can a mouthguard help with grinding my teeth if I have braces?
If you grind your teeth at night, a mouthguard can help protect your teeth from wear and potential damage. This can be especially useful if you are undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces. Teeth grinding during sleep can lead to various oral health issues and harm your dental health in the long term. It may also be a sign of a problem with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Wearing a mouthguard while you sleep can prevent your teeth from grinding against each other, reducing the risk of waking up with a sore jaw and protecting your teeth from wear.
Why is it important to have a custom-made mouthguard?
While some people may be hesitant to try a custom sports mouthguard due to concerns about cost or comfort, it is important to consider the benefits of a properly fitting mouthguard. Custom-fit mouthguards, which are made specifically to fit your mouth, tend to be more comfortable and provide better protection than one-size-fits-all mouthguards that you can buy at a sporting goods store. These off-the-rack options may not fit properly, either being too tight or too loose and may not provide adequate protection.
Custom sports mouthguards can save you time and money in the long run by preventing dental emergencies or injuries that would require a visit to the dentist or orthodontist. If you have braces, it is especially important to have a mouthguard that fits properly, as a poorly fitting guard can interfere with your braces or get caught on the wires or brackets.
Wearing a mouthguard during orthodontic treatment can also protect your appliances from damage if you suffer a blow to the mouth. Because teeth are more susceptible to injury during orthodontic treatment due to being slightly looser, a mouthguard can help reduce the risk of damage to your teeth during impact.
Ask our orthodontist about a custom sports mouthguard or night guard
Playing sports is an excellent way to stay active and healthy, but accidents can happen at any time, such as an elbow to the mouth or a tackle on the field. While these moments may be brief, they can have long-term effects on your oral health and orthodontic treatment. To help protect yourself during sports and avoid dental injuries, consider investing in a custom sports mouthguard.
A mouthguard can also be worn at night to address teeth-grinding issues.
Our dentists can help you choose the right mouthguard, fit it properly, and answer any questions you may have. With the right protection, you can play your best game without worrying about dental injuries sidelining you.
If you are interested in getting a custom-fitted sports or night mouthguard, schedule an appointment with our orthodontists, Dr. Singer and Dr. Shaprio at Taunton Orthodontics. Our team can help you choose the right