Your orthodontic treatment is a huge investment into your smile, which is why it is so important to protect and care for your braces while you play sports. During sporting activities, your smile is vulnerable to the sports balls, elbows, and other objects that constantly hit it. But, if you wear a mouthguard, your chances of injuring your smile or damaging your braces are greatly decreased.
So, now that you know how important it is to wear a mouthguard while you play sports, it’s time to choose which guard you would like to use! There are many types of mouthguards available, including:
Stock mouthguards are the easiest and cheapest option. They are generally found at the local sporting goods stores and they are ready to be used as soon as you take them out of the package. The guard is meant to fit a wide variety of smiles, so it may be a bit bulky when you wear it. It offers minimal protection and it fits over your orthodontic appliance.
Boil-and-bite mouthguards can be warped into the shape of your smile, which makes it more of a custom fit compared to stock mouthguards. You can purchase this guard at the store and you can shape it at home. All you need to do is put the guard into a pot of boiling water, place it into your mouth, and firmly bite down. Then, apply pressure to the guard with your fingers and tongue to form the guard into the perfect shape. The guard will then cool and harden into the shape of your smile.
Custom-made mouthguards are the best option if you want a comfortable appliance that offers the most protection. However, this is also the most expensive guard available. This guard will be created in a dental lab after your dentist or orthodontist makes impressions of your smile. Once you get the guard back, you will have an appliance that fits perfectly over your teeth and braces.
Call Jeffrey V. Jones, DDS today at 214-824-2130 if you would like mouthguard advice or if you are interested in using a custom-made mouthguard. Dr. Jeff Jones will be happy to meet with you, examine your smile, and talk to you about your mouthguard options. We look forward to helping you!