Protecting the teeth from damage is important when playing sports or participating in other physical activities. A mouthguard can help protect you from serious injury and preserve your smile. The Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics offer mouthguards to residents of Miami Springs, Kendall, Hialeah, and the neighboring areas of Florida.
What is a Mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a protective device that is used to protect the teeth from injury. These are especially important to use when you have orthodontic appliances, such as braces, because some types of appliances can cause severe injury to the mouth upon impact. When choosing a mouthguard, it’s important to pick one that fits well and does not interfere with your breathing. Mouthguards are available in three different types:
- Pre-made mouthguards
- Boil-and-bite mouthguards
- Custom mouth guards
Pre-made and boil-and-bite mouthguards are both available at most sporting goods stores. These are great options for protecting the teeth, but may not provide the best protection for patients with braces or other appliances. Custom mouthguards, on the other hand, are made by your orthodontist to perfectly fit your mouth and provide maximum protection.
When Should I Wear a Mouthguard?
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, you should wear a mouthguard during while playing any sport or participating in other physical activities. This means a mouthguard should be worn while participating in football, soccer, skateboarding, gymnastics, surfing, track and field, and related activities.
How Do I Take Care of My Mouthguard?
Caring for your mouthguard properly is essential to keeping it clean and working correctly. We recommend that patients brush their mouthguard with toothpaste after each use to keep it clean. Storing it in a protective case can also help to keep it clean and prevent any damage. Additionally, mouthguards should be replaced regularly to ensure that they maintain a proper fit. We recommend replacing your mouthguard every sports season and at any point that it has become worn or no longer fits.
A mouthguard can help minimize the chance of sports-related injuries that affect your smile. The Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics provide custom mouthguards and other orthodontic services to patients in Kendall, Miami Springs, and the surrounding areas of Florida. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.