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Do You Need a Mouthguard?

Published on May 14th, 2018

Did you know that over 5 million people lose teeth every year because of sports injuries and trauma? If you currently have braces, our orthodontists in Elmhurst don’t want you to be another statistic. While not all mouth-related injuries can be avoided by wearing a mouthguard, they play a big part in making sure your mouth is protected in unexpected situations. Beyond protecting your pearly whites, mouthguards help protect your head if your jaw gets injured, protecting against both concussions and a loss of consciousness.

Types of Mouthguards

You’ll want to consult with our orthodontists in Elmhurst before deciding what mouthguard is right for you. We ensure that the three types of mouthguards we make are both tear-resistant and comfortable to wear, because at the end of the day if it isn’t comfortable, it’s likely your child won’t want to wear it. Our mouthguards are also easy to clean, so you can ensure there isn’t a buildup of germs. We offer pre-made mouthguards, boil-and-bite mouthguards and custom-made mouthguards. While not all sports require that the participants wear a mouthguard, our orthodontists in Elmhurst recommend that your child wears one to protect their smile.

Benefits of Mouthguards

There are tons of benefits of mouthguards. They prevent tooth fractures, bruising, dislocation, neurologic injury and laceration. There is also a psychological benefit to the athletes, as they can play their best without worrying about the possibility of hurting their mouth. After all, athletes are 60 times more likely to injure their teeth if they aren’t wearing a mouthguard. This is a startling statistic that both parents and athletes shouldn’t ignore!

Visit Oakbrook Orthodontics Today

You can likely find mouthguards at your local sporting goods store, but custom-made mouthguards offer benefits you can’t find elsewhere. Our orthodontics in Lombard will work with you to make a mouthguard that will protect your teeth specific to the sport that you play. We will also consider your dental history when making your mouthguard so we know how thick or thin it should be for maximum protection. We especially recommend custom-made mouthguards if you’re involved in a high-contact sport such as boxing, wrestling or football.

Your braces are an investment! Make sure you are taking the proper steps to ensure your investment is protected in all situations. Give your child the tools they need to play their sport confidently. We can’t wait to get started!

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