Ways To Protect Your Teeth During Sports

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Ways To Protect Your Teeth During Sports
Posted on 08/13/2019
Ways To Protect Your Teeth During Sports

Athletic sports are the perfect way to exercise and burn energy. Unfortunately, sports can also increase our risk of dental related accidents. At Embrace Our World Orthodontics, our staff want to ensure that you and your family are taking all the necessary steps to protect your teeth, mouth, and metal braces. In an intense competition or even a quick pick-up game with friends, it's easy to knock into another player, get hit with the ball, or fall down. And, this is not just for kids. Both children and adults should protect their teeth and ceramic braces with athletic mouthguards and helmets when playing sports. Don’t worry, your family orthodontist in St. Louis, MO has the advice and resources to keep your teeth safe and protected, and your metal braces intact.

Ways To Protect Your Teeth During Sports

The Most Important Sports Equipment: The Mouthguard

At Embrace Our World Orthodontics, we cannot stress this enough: always wear a mouthguard when playing sports. This goes for kids and adults. Most people believe a mouthguard is only needed in sports like football, boxing, and hockey, because they are high impact. Unfortunately, this is not the case. You should wear a mouthguard when playing most sports, others include soccer, basketball, softball, baseball, and skateboarding. Although these sports may not be defined as contact sports, they certainly can have high impact situations leading to dental trauma or a dental emergency. As your orthodontist in St. Louis, MO, we want to prevent dental problems like chipped teeth, jaw dislocation, broken braces, and concussions.

Types of Mouthguards: Which Is Best?

The Embrace Our World Orthodontics team recommends a mouthguard during sports, no matter what. But, there are some important distinctions between the different types of mouthguards. The three main types of mouthguards include:

  • Off the shelf: These mouthguards can be purchased in many places like your average sporting goods store. The mouthguards come in various shapes and sizes to best fit your mouth. Unfortunately, although they have different sizes, it does not mean that the mouthguard will “fit” your mouth, teeth, and metal braces. Often, they need to be kept in place with your teeth clenched, which can be uncomfortable and difficult for an entire sports activity.
  • Off the shelf
  • Boil & Bite: These mouthguards are a step up from the off the shelf mouthguard. Again, they can be found in most sporting goods stores and are inexpensive. The technique with these mouthguards is to boil them for a short period of time, then place them in your mouth with your teeth clenched. The softened plastic will fit around your teeth and mouth like a custom fit. The boil & bite mouthguards give more comfort to the wearer, but can still miss full mouth coverage.
  • Orthodontic custom fit: At Embrace Our World Orthodontics, our orthodontists believe the orthodontic custom fit mouthguard is the best option and will provide any wearer the most mouth and tooth coverage. We will custom fit a mouthguard to your teeth that will be comfortable while providing full coverage against dental trauma. Ask your orthodontist in St. Louis, MO about a custom fit mouthguard today!

High Impact Sports: Wear A Helmet

If you are playing football or hockey or any other high impact sport, you should also wear a helmet. Helmets provide an extra layer of protection for your entire head, face, and mouth. For particular sports, you should wear a helmet that is specifically designed for that sport, and if a face guard is needed, make sure your helmet has one. For example, a cycling helmet should never be worn while playing football and vice versa. If you have questions about which helmet is right for you or your child, please consult Embrace Our World Orthodontics. We will ensure your teeth, mouth, and braces are protected throughout your practices and games.

Call Embrace Our World Orthodontics Today!

For all your dental sport and braces needs, come by Embrace Our World Orthodontics, conveniently serving the entire St. Louis, MO area! It is our goal to keep your teeth, mouth, and ceramic braces intact during any sporting event. We never want to keep you from doing your favorite activities, we just want you and your family to be safe. For all mouthguard and helmet questions or concerns, never hesitate to ask our orthodontists or our staff. We are more than happy to help! Call or stop by Embrace Our World Orthodontics for your new mouthguard today!