How to Protect Your Braces During Sports Activities

Exercise, sports and adventurous activities are key elements of a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, many sports and activities increase the risk of accidents or injuries to the mouth, jaws or teeth. Sports mouthgaurds help provide protection from many of these injuries. Braces are especially important to protect, as they may break or cause cuts to lips and cheeks.

Mouthguards are valuable in many activities:

  • Contact sports, including but not limited to: Baseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Football, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer
  • High impact sports: Skateboarding, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, even Sledding!
  • Sparring: Martial Arts, Wrestling, Boxing

While in orthodontic treatment, one of the mouthguards our patients have found comfortable and easy to wear is the SISU Mouthguard (www.sisuguard.com). This is a reformable mouthguard that fits well with braces and can be refit as the teeth straighten. We recommend that we help fit the SISU mouthguard while you have braces.

No matter what type of sport you participate in, a mouthguard can protect your braces. Even an activity as seemingly harmless as table tennis can result in a contact injury. The Academy for Sports Dentistry states that a properly fitted mouthguard should not interfere with any athletic activity.

Kuhlberg Orthodontics will provide you with properly-fitting mouth protection to ensure the safety of your braces and your teeth. We will be glad to answer any questions you have so you can continue the activities you enjoy with little concern. If you do suffer any injuries to your mouth or braces during sporting activities, please contact us immediately. The sooner we can care for your mouth, the better the results will be.

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