One of the most important things when playing sports – particularly contact sports – is protecting your teeth. This becomes even more important when you are wearing braces, because something as simple as being hit can cause major damage both to your braces and your teeth. To prevent injury and tooth damage, at Angle Orthodontics we believe that wearing a mouthguard is essential. A custom mouthguard allows you to participate in a range of different sports like boxing, basketball, hockey, soccer, football and wrestling with protection.
Choosing the right type of mouthguard is essential. So what type of mouthguard should be used and what type is right for you?
Types Of Mouthguards
Take a look at some of the different types of mouthguards that currently exist on the market:
- Pre-made mouthguards
This type of mouthguard can be purchased at the local sporting goods store because it comes in a variety of standard sizes.
- Custom-made mouthguards
Custom-made mouthguards are normally made by your orthodontist and are designed to adapt to your teeth and any orthodontic devices you might be wearing.
- “Boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguards
A “boil-and-bite” mouthguard is a type of mouthguard that is not custom-made but can be made to fit your teeth. You can normally also purchase this product at your local sporting goods store, rather than an orthodontist.
At Angle Orthodontics, we always recommend custom-made mouthguards in comparison to the more standardized varieties. We believe that mouthguards must fit well and be adapted to the specific position of each individual’s teeth in order to be able to protect them well.
Properly Caring For Your Custom Sports Mouth Guard
Our team at Angle Orthodontics has worked with a wide number of patients who are wearing braces or simply want to give their teeth some extra protection while they are playing sports. However, in order to make sure that your mouthguard is able to last a long time, it is important to properly store it and keep it clean. Take a look at some of the useful tips for keeping your mouthguard clean:
- Scrub your mouthguard gently with toothpaste and a toothbrush after each use
- Keep your mouthguard stored in a protective case
- Avoid exposing your mouthguard to heat, sun and even hot water — the material it is made of may melt or become deformed
- Do not wear your retainer at the same time as your mouthguard
- Change your mouthguard periodically
- Make sure to bring your mouthguard to each dentist or orthodontist appointment to check if it is still in a good condition
If you are interested in finding out more about how to prevent injuries to your mouth and jaw during sports-related activities, feel free to get in touch with our team at Angle Orthodontics. We would be happy to give you an overview of the benefits of getting custom-made orthodontic mouthguards as well as address any potential concerns you might have about the entire process. For a free consultation, do not hesitate to contact us today at 503-252-5567!