Let us make your mouthguard for you! We will make a FREE “boil and bite” mouthguard as often as needed during your orthodontic treatment. The day your braces come off, we offer to make a FREE custom mouthguard using the models of your teeth we use to make your retainers.
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 basketball, boxing, hockey, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, or wrestling, it is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists that you wear a mouthguard.
Types of mouthguards
Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil and bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard from an orthodontist. When you choose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable and well fitted for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and does not prevent you from breathing properly.
Pre-made mouthguards and boil-and-bite mouthguards can be purchased at most sporting goods stores. Instead, let us make a FREE “boil and bite” mouthguard for you while you are in braces. Just let us know you need one at the beginning of your appointment.
We will make a custom mouthguard for you once you are out of braces. They are specially designed on models of your teeth to provide optimal protection against mouth injuries. If you wear braces or a retainer, it is imperative for you to wear a mouthguard during contact sports.
Our doctors can show you how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right mouthguard to protect your smile.
Taking care of your mouthguard
Similar to a retainer, braces, or any other special dental appliance, it is worthwhile 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 it in the sun or in hot water, because it may melt or become deformed.
- Replace your mouthguard at the beginning of every new sports season. You should also replace it if you notice it has become worn and no 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.
- Do not chew on or cut pieces off your mouthguard. Mouthguards come in different shapes and sizes; ask our team which is best for you.
- Bring your mouthguard to each dental checkup, so we can check to make sure it’s still in good shape!
Sports-related injuries to the mouth and jaw are among the most common injuries suffered by athletes. Our goal is to minimize your chances of a sports-related injury to your smile. Be sure to ask us about mouthguards at your next appointment — GO TEAM!