The metal brackets, wires, bands and other assorted hardware that make up your braces will gradually reposition your teeth to achieve your ideal alignment. If your braces are damaged or if one of your teeth is knocked out from a blow to the face, it could significantly increase your treatment time. This makes wearing a quality mouthguard especially important for athletes with braces.
At the same time, many athletes will commonly complain that the mouthguards sold in stores often feel bulky or they impede breathing. This can cause some athletes to forgo using a mouth guard, which increases their risk of suffering significant damage to your braces and teeth.
Here at Shelley A Tretter DMD MS INC, your orthodontist, Dr. Shelley Tretter, can help you understand your mouthguard options and can even fit you for a custom athletic mouthguard. This appliance will be designed to fit the unique shape of your mouth for maximum comfort and easy breathing.
If you do suffer a blow to the face that results in damage to your braces, you should seek immediate treatment and repair. If a piece of your braces hardware is threatening to injure your mouth, you can cover the sharp point with orthodontic wax or put it back into place with a pencil eraser.
If you are an athlete with braces in Cincinnati, Ohio, you should consult with our Shelley A Tretter DMD MS INC orthodontic team by calling 513-697-9999 to understand your mouthguard options.