You want your smile to be the best it can be. Part of making sure you have a great smile is protecting it while playing sports. Mouthguards are designed to protect your teeth from injury, whether it is from physical contact with another player or being hit by an object. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends you wear a mouthguard no matter what sport you play.
Types of mouthguards
You will need to wear the correct mouthguard for you. There are three primary types of mouthguards to choose from: pre-made, boil and bite, and custom-made. No matter which type you opt to have, you need to make sure that it meets the following criteria:
Fitted to your dental anatomy
Easy to clean
Does not restrict proper breathing
The first two types of mouthguards are available for purchase at most sporting goods stores. Custom-made mouthguards can only be purchased from your orthodontist. This is always the best option in terms of quality, but it is vital if you are wearing an appliance.
Taking care of your mouthguard
Always properly store your mouthguard. This helps to prevent you from losing it and also stops animals from playing with it–and yes, they will do that. The other thing you need to do is clean it after each use. Scrub it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste before storing.
Never leave your mouthguard where it gets hot; avoid leaving it in the car or in direct sunlight. You should replace your mouthguard at the start of every sports season. Never wear your mouthguard and retainer at the same time. Do not chew on your mouthguard or alter it in any way.
Make sure you bring it to each check-up you have with us so we can assess its condition.