Protecting your smile while playing sports is essential when you have braces. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury. If you participate in an active sport with potential injury to your face and teeth, it is recommended by the Canadian Association of Orthodontists that you wear a mouthguard.
Innisfil Orthodontics is proud to provide complimentary orthodontic sportsguards to all our patients. It cannot be a tight-fitting “custom” guard because those will prevent teeth from moving and may even break off a bracket. Once treatment is complete though, we would be happy to provide you with a custom sportsguard if you need one.
Taking Care of Your Mouthguard
Similar to a retainer, braces, or any other special dental appliance, it is essential to take care of your mouthguard by storing it properly and keeping it clean, as well as knowing when to replace your old mouthguard with a new one. Here are a few simple ways to keep your mouthguard clean and working correctly:
- Gently scrub your mouthguard after each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Store your mouthguard in a protective case.
- Do not leave your mouthguard in the sun or in hot water, as it may melt or become deformed.
- Replace your mouthguard at the beginning of every new sports season. You should also replace your mouthguard if you notice it has become worn and not longer fits properly.
- Do not wear a retainer with your mouthguard. If you wear braces, we will design a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your braces.
Sports-related injuries to the mouth and jaw are among the most common injuries suffered by athletes. Our goal is to help minimize your chances of a sports-related injury to your smile. Be sure to ask Dr. Shapiro about mouthguards at your next appointment.