safety first

 

Protecting your smile while playing sports is essential when you have braces. Wearing a mouth guard is critical in preventing or reducing injuries to your teeth and gums during organized and recreational sports. Mouth guards offer protection by absorbing high-impact energy from potentially traumatic blows.

 

Mouth Guards designed for braces

If you are currently in braces it is very important to wear a mouth guard specifically designed for braces. Otherwise you run the risk of damaging or pulling off your braces. DO NOT USE BOIL & BITE MOUTH GUARDS.

We will provide complimentary mouth guards during orthodontic treatment – just ask!

 

Sports that need mouth guard protection

Basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse, rugby, martial arts, gymnastics, racquetball, track and field, skateboarding, boxing, skiing, snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, or wrestling.
 

Mouth Guard Care

  • Keep your mouth guard clean – rinse before and after each use
  • Store in a vented container – let’s your mouth guard dry out
  • Avoid chewing on the mouth guard – damages it!
  • Replace if worn out

 

Mouth guards are designed to protect your teeth and jaws

There is less room for flexibility inside the mouth, and a blow towards the teeth or gums may fracture the jawbone.

Mouth guards acts like a crash helmet that protects the jawbone from an unexpected fracture.

Mouth guards also protect the insides of your lips and cheeks from large lacerations during an impact. They also protect against chipped or broken teeth, root and bone damage, and tooth loss.

 

Mouth guards are less expensive than dental repairs

Dental treatment costs vary depending on the intricacy of the procedure. Dental providers aim at preserving their patient’s teeth, hence, they provide dental appliance or devices like mouth guards to help protect their teeth, mouth and jaw.

Wearing a mouth guard can help preserve and protect the teeth and jaw from unexpected injuries.  Thus, avoiding unnecessary dental expenses.

 

Mouth guards are easy to maintain

Mouth guards come in various designs, material, color, and sizes. However, it only takes a toothbrush and a pea-sized toothpaste to clean a mouth guard before and after use.

A well-maintained oral health lowers the risk of acquiring other health issues that affect the heart and other parts of the body.

 

Mouth guards safeguard the soft tissues of the buccal cavity

Our mouth is one of the most sensitive parts of the body. It is mostly composed of soft tissues and fine nerves and nerve endings that easily rupture when exposed to traumatic blows.

Mouth guards act as barriers between the teeth and tongue, or teeth and cheek lines, especially for athletes who wear orthodontic appliances like metal braces. They keep the soft tissues of the mouth safe from cuts and bruises caused by the friction from metal braces.

 

dobie + rollins orthodontics is committed to protecting their patient’s smiles for years to come. If you ever need a new mouth guard during orthodontic treatment, don’t hesitate to ask!

Don’t forget to “Love Your Smile” as well as “Protect Your Smile”

Research Citations:

Journal of the American Dental Association, December 2006, p. 1715