There is a common misconception that you can’t play sports when you have braces. This could not be further from the truth. Braces do not affect your ability to play sports, but while you have braces you need to be more careful. One hard hit in a football game or rugby match could result in a broken bracket, damage to your teeth or to the inside of your mouth. This is why selecting a mouth guard is essential; it protects the players' teeth, mouth, and jaw. Here are few reasons why you should wear a mouth guard:
Protect your lips:
Braces are pretty sharp. If you’re not wearing a mouth guard, a direct hit to the mouth could cause serious lacerations to your lips. If you have braces, buying a mouth guard is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment you will buy.
Jaw dropping protection:
Mouth guards can help prevent jaw fractures and dislocations because it absorbs the impact of blows. Every year, mouthguards prevent an estimated 200,000 dental injuries; before you take to the field make sure you’re wearing yours.
Keep your smile:
The most important job a mouth guard does is protecting your teeth. Contact sports can cause damage to your teeth if you do not wear a mouth guard. A mouthguard is your first line of defense against painful and sometimes permanent dental injuries.
Selecting the right mouthguard:
Shock Doctor is one type of mouthguard that uses 100 percent medical-grade silicone to allow for necessary movement. The brand even makes braces-specific type mouthguards.
However, many athletes with braces have opted for custom-fitting mouth guards, which are pieces made specifically for the player. If you’re interested in a custom-fit mouth guard, consult Dr. Bennett to discuss your options. No matter the player, the advantages of wearing mouth guards are endless.