The American Association of Orthodontics, (AAO), found that 84% of children do not wear mouth guards during organized sports because they are not required to wear them.
Mouth guards can be one of the least expensive investments of protective equipment available. Mouth guards not only save teeth, they protect the jaw. Patients wearing braces have a higher risk of injuries including lacerations and broken braces. In fact, the AAO estimated that more than 200,000 oral injuries could have been prevented simply by wearing a properly fitted mouth guard.
Who Needs a Mouth Guards
Mouth guards should be worn by everyone, (both children and adults), who play contact sports such as wrestling, football, baseball, volleyball, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, boxing and lacrosse. For those athletes participating in non-contact sports or recreational activities, (mountain biking, gymnastics and skateboarding) would also benefit from wearing a mouth guard.
Choosing a Mouth Guard
Mouth guards can be purchased at most retail sports stores and are commonly known as “boil-n-bites”. Simply put, the mouth guards are boiled to soften the material and while it is still warm you place it in your mouth and gently bite down. The mouth guard is now formed to the shape of your mouth and teeth. Unfortunately, these mouth guards do not necessarily offer the best protection or fit and definitely are not recommended for braces!
While custom mouth guards are considered by many to be the most protective option, other mouth guards can be effective if they fit well, stay in place, and are worn properly. All mouth guards vary in comfort and cost but athletic mouth guards should be resilient, tear-resistant, durable, easy to clean and not restrict your speech or breathing. American Dental Association, Dr. Bradley Goings recommends that all orthodontic patients wear a mouth guard during athletic activity. Generally, a mouth guard only covers your upper teeth, but in some cases the orthodontist may recommend a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Windsor Smiles Orthodontics provides both custom mouth guards for anyone without braces or mouth guards that are specifically designed to fit over your braces.
Windsor Smiles Orthodontics welcomes your inquiries by simply calling (970)-460-0791 or visiting our website www.WindsorSmilesOrtho.com