Just because you have braces doesn’t mean you get benched from the game. If you remember to wear a mouthguard, you won’t have to sacrifice your favorite sports for a straighter smile. According to the ADA, you can cut your chances of any damage in half by wearing the right mouthguard.

How Mouthguards Help
Without a mouthguard, you’re more susceptible to injuries to your teeth and jaw, which can require expensive treatment to fix. Specifically, mouthguards help protect you from broken or chipped teeth, fractured tooth roots, and any damage to your dental appliances.

Different Types of Mouthguards
1. Stock mouthguards – This comes ready-to-wear, and can be found at most sporting stores. But keep in mind, while they may be convenient, they have the least amount of protection for patients.
2. Boil-and-bite mouthguards – As the name suggests, boil-and-bite mouthguards are made by sticking the mouthguard in warm water and molding the shape to your teeth and gums.
3. Orthodontic mouthguards – These mouthguards offer the most comfort and protection and are customized to fit each person individually.

Taking Care of Your Mouthguard
•After each use, gently scrub your mouthguard with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
•Store your mouthguard in a protective case.
•Replace your mouthguard at the beginning of every new sports season.
•Do not chew or bite off pieces of your mouthguard.
•Bring your mouthguard to your dental checkups so your dentist can make sure it’s still in good shape!