During orthodontic treatment, it is imperative that you wear a mouthguard when participating in any contact sports. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury. If you participate in basketball, hockey, football, lacrosse, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, soccer, or wrestling, it is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists that you wear a mouthguard.
Types of mouthguards
Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the "boil-and-bite" fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard. Dr. Chiu will provide you with a special mouthguard while you are in treatment.
Taking care of your mouthguard
- Gently scrub your mouthguard after each use with a toothbrush.
- Do not leave your mouthguard in the sun or in hot water, because it may melt or become deformed.
- Replace your mouthguard at the beginning of every new sports season. You should also replace your mouthguard if you notice it has become worn and no longer fits properly.
- Do not wear a retainer as your mouthguard.
Sports-related injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries incurred by athletes. Our goal is to help minimize your chances of a sports-related injury to your smile. GO TEAM!