Mouthguards for Sports
Elmwood Park, IL
Mouthguards help cushion a collision to your face and minimize the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw during sports or high activity.
How Do I Know If I Need A Mouthguard?
When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should always be available during contact sports. While collision and contact sports are higher-risk sports for the mouth and teeth, any athlete may experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too.
Protecting Your Braces
A properly fitted mouthguard may be necessary for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. A blow to the face could damage the brackets, for example. A mouthguard can also help you avoid injuries to your gums and cheeks by providing a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips during potential collisions.
Talk to your dentist or orthodontist about selecting the right mouthguard for your protection. Although some mouthguards only cover the upper teeth, your dentist or orthodontist may suggest a mouthguard for the lower teeth if you have braces on these teeth. Do not wear a retainer during any contact sports.
When to Replace a Mouthguard?
Talk to your dentist about when to replace or inspect your mouthguard, but replace it immediately if it shows sign of wear or is damaged. Teens and children may need to replace their mouthguards more often because their mouths are still growing and changing.
Am I A Candidate?
Dental injuries while playing sports are a common occurrence, and using a properly fitted mouthguard during sports activities is the best way to reduce the amount and severity of sports-related dental traumas.
Book an appointment with one of our dentists to see which mouthguard may work best for you. Or call (312) 757-6434 if you have any questions.