The braces installed in your mouth by your orthodontist, Dr. Brett Gluck, are designed to be durable enough to handle the regular wear and tear of eating most basic foods. However, the potential blows to the face that can occur during rigorous athletics and contact sports can pose a serious threat to your mouth and your braces. This makes the use of a quality mouthguard especially important for athletes with braces.
Many of the mouthguards sold in stores can feel bulky or can impede your ability to breathe easily. This can cause some athletes to forgo using a mouthguard. This could significantly increase your risk of suffering significant damage to your braces and teeth.
If you are interested in a high-quality mouthguard to protect your teeth and braces during sports, you should talk to your orthodontist about being fitted for a custom mouthguard. This is a soft yet durable plastic mouthpiece designed to match your mouth for maximum protection and passage of air.
Even if you choose not to have a custom mouthguard, you should still give serious consideration to using a retail-level mouthguard. The damage posed to an unprotected mouth with braces from a blow to the face is significant.
If you have questions about how to take care of your braces or protect your mouth during sports, you should call Quality Orthodontic Care at 770-664-6003 to schedule an appointment regarding a mouthguard in Alpharetta, Georgia.