No matter if you wear braces or not, it is essential to protect your smile while playing sports. Mouth injuries and jaw injuries are very common injuries that athletes get. By using mouth guards, you can protect your teeth and gums. You should use mouthguards while being involved in active sports like football, basketball, hockey, gymnastics, boxing, lacrosse, rugby, racquetball, martial arts, track, and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting or wrestling. The American Dental Association also suggests wearing a mouthguard.
The wear and damage caused by teeth-grinding over time can be easily prevented using nightguards. The customized nightguard is created by the dentist using a soft material that fits your teeth well. It is inserted over the bottom or top arch, as that will prevent contact with the opposing teeth.
What are the types of mouth guards/night guards?
It is essential to choose the right mouthguard for you. There are three common types of mouthguards: the "boil-and-bite" fitted mouthguard, the pre-made mouthguard, and a customized mouthguard.
While choosing a mouthguard, you should ensure to pick one that is tear-resistant, fit well in your mouth, and easy to clean as well. The dentist also makes sure if it does not interfere with your breathing while in use. Even if you are wearing braces or a retainer, it is necessary to wear a mouthguard. The dentist will show you ways to wear a mouthguard properly and also determine the right mouthguard to protect your smile.
How can you care for your nightguard/mouthguard?
You can keep your mouthguard care for your mouthguard in the following ways:
- Scrub your mouthguard gently after using a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- You need to place your mouthguard in a safe case.
- Your mouthguard might melt or get deformed if placed in the sun or hot water.
- If you find your mouthguard has become worn or doesn't fit well, then you should get it replaced.
- Avoid chewing on or cutting pieces off of your mouthguard.
- While going for a dental checkup, take your mouthguard along with you, so that your dentist can check and ensure if it's still in good shape.
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