The new set of braces installed in your mouth at Dr. Scott Vincent’s orthodontic clinic were designed to gradually correct the alignment of your teeth. This requires routine adjustments to reposition your teeth. If any part of the orthodontic hardware is damaged, or you suffer excessive oral trauma, it could cause significant pain and extend the duration of the realignment process.
Athletes with braces are at heightened risk of suffering these adverse complications. This is especially true if you participate in a contact sport. To help prevent these problems you should always wear a mouthguard at the necessary times.
Some athletes complain that the mouth guards sold in stores feel bulky, uncomfortable, or make it hard to breath. This tempts some athletes to forgo using them all the time.
To help prevent this from happening your Dr. Scott Vincent can help fit you for a custom mouth guard. It is a soft, durable plastic mouthpiece designed to match the contours of your teeth and braces. This will provide your mouth with maximum protection and the easy passage of air.
You will need to rinse the custom mouth guard after every game or practice session. It would also be helpful to brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. When you’re not wearing the mouthguard you should keep it in the case provided.
If you are an athlete with braces in the Sandy, Utah, area and you need help protecting your mouth, you should call 801-495-2560 to explore the braces options available at Vincent Team Orthodontics.