Are you passionate about playing sports? If so, we can understand how you may feel anxious about starting orthodontic treatment. The good news is that you can continue being an athlete, even while wearing traditional metal braces. Our orthodontists in Fort Wayne, IN, and surrounding areas can create a custom mouth guard for you to wear to protect your smile.
Here’s what you can expect while playing a contact sport during orthodontic treatment. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of our office locations in Indiana and Ohio.
Do you play a contact sport, such as hockey or football? If so, it’s important that you ask our orthodontists about your options for a sports mouth guard. An orthodontic mouth guard is a little bit bigger than your typical mouth guard to allow room for your metal braces. It also gives your smile and dental braces the ultimate protection in the event you get hit in the face.
A conventional sports mouth guard is made out of hard plastic. While this would normally protect your smile, it can actually do more harm than good if you have traditional metal braces.
It’s also important to keep in mind that your teeth will continue to move during orthodontic treatment, which means you’ll need a mouth guard that offers a custom fit every time you step out onto the field or court.
Always wear your orthodontic mouth guard when playing sports, regardless of whether it’s a practice or the Friday night football game. Any time there is a risk of sports dental injury, you should be wearing your mouth guard.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, about 40% of pediatric dental injuries are caused by sports. Since the likelihood of injury is so high, a mouth guard is a smart investment for your child. Not only will it help protect their smile, but it’ll also save you money and the trauma and stress of rushing your child to get urgent care. Since the risk of dental injury is high for athletes of all ages, we also recommend that adults wear their orthodontic mouth guards.
Wearing the right type of sports mouth guard is important during orthodontic treatment. If you wish to play a contact sport, our orthodontists will create a sports mouth guard that’s designed to fit over your teeth and braces. This will significantly reduce your risk of serious dental injury.
Also, keep in mind that your metal wires and braces could snag on an oral appliance that’s not designed to accommodate them. The result can be a damaged smile and broken orthodontic metal braces that set back your treatment.
Our orthodontists in Fort Wayne, IN, and surrounding areas are accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment and learn if you’re a candidate for a sports mouth guard during orthodontic treatment, please call Parrish Orthodontics at (260) 447-2568. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.