Mouthguards From Your Orthodontists in Vernon

Whether you’re a lifelong sports enthusiast or engage in sports-related activities from time to time, it’s important that you protect your mouth. Not only does the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that all children and youth participating in any organized sports use a mouthguard, but it’s important to note that up to 39% of all dental injuries happen during sporting activities. Furthermore, for those undergoing treatments in dentofacial orthopedics, which focuses on the correction and guidance of the facial growth and development of the jaw and teeth, the use of a mouthguard becomes even more critical. This specialized branch of orthodontics often involves the use of appliances that can be susceptible to damage or cause injury if not properly protected.

Which sports are dental injuries more likely to occur in?

While an injury can happen in any sport, basketball has the highest rate due to hand or elbow contact and/or collisions that can happen with other players. Soccer, lacrosse, football, gymnastics, volleyball, boxing, wrestling, baseball, softball, and more also carry high risks.

Why is this the best protective option?

While there are three types of mouthguards available – boil-and-bite, pre-made, and custom-made, professional versions – each offers varying degrees of protection.

The first two types can be purchased from sporting goods and drugstores, while professional options are specially designed by your orthodontist to protect against a variety of mouth injuries. It’s important to note that the first two versions are not tear-resistant, are not custom-fitted to the wearer’s mouth, and can even interfere with the way they breathe, while professional options are durable, customized to each patient’s smile, and offer much-needed protection to any sports enthusiast.

How are they cared for?

As with a retainer, braces, or other dental appliances, a mouthguard should be stored properly and kept clean when not being utilized. The best way to ensure it receives the care it needs is to gently scrub it with your toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste after each use.

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