Dental Sport Safety

Dental Sport Safety
Posted on 07/03/2018
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Whether you’re wearing metal braces, clear braces, or ceramic braces, it’s important to keep dental sports safety in mind when school begins. Dr. Roy Gonzalez is the San Antonio orthodontist who can answer any of your questions about orthodontic care and stay active. Just because you are in the middle of orthodontic treatment doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. It does mean you might want to make choices that keep your braces in mind as you get active.

Prioritizing Your Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is a worthwhile investment for your current and future health, so it makes sense to prioritize your dental safety during that treatment as well. Dr. Roy Gonzalez and his San Antonio team pride themselves on offering a range of types of braces and providing unique treatment designed to meet your specific needs. Whatever age you start orthodontic care, it’s particularly critical to protect your fully developed teeth during treatment. The most effective tool for preventing or curbing dental injury during summertime sports is a mouthguard.

Types of Mouthguards

Mouthguards work by absorbing the force of an impact to your teeth or the area around them.

Besides damaged or knocked-out teeth, a mouthguard can also reduce or prevent more serious injuries like jaw fractures and concussions. We’ve listed the four main types of athletic mouthguards below:

  • Boil & Bite Mouthguards

Soften these mouthguards using heat then mold them to fit your or your child’s teeth. They are slightly less effective than some other mouthguards, but are a bit more shaped to your individual dental structure than cheaper versions. We do not recommend these type of mouthguards because they do not allow braces to move the teeth.
Once the teeth have moved the mouthguard will not fit any longer.

  • Custom-Made Mouthguards

These are professionally made mouthguards provided by your dentist using an impression of your teeth. Custom-made mouthguards are both quite comfortable and effective options. However, these would only be used for orthodontic patients in retention, when no further movement is expected.

  • Orthodontic Mouthguards

These mouthguards are specifically designed to fit over teeth with braces. They are available in our office and Dr. Gonzalez can recommend specific types if you still have questions after exploring your options.

  • Stock Mouthguards

These are the least expensive type of mouthguards, coming in simple sizes of small, medium, and large. They are much less comfortable than other options, and only slightly more effective than no mouthguard.

Orthodontic Accidents Happen

Despite the best intentions, accidents can still happen during sports. Poorly fitting mouthguards can fall out and sometimes patients develop the habit of chewing on their mouthguard instead of wearing it properly. Severe contact can still damage your braces and teeth, even if a mouthguard is worn properly. You can always reach out to us with questions as they come up or visit our orthodontic emergency care page if you or your child has a more pressing issue. Dr. Gonzalez is available 24 hours a day in the event of an emergency.

Come Visit Your San Antonio Orthodontist!

Dr. Roy Gonzalez is here to answer your questions about metal braces, clear braces, and any other orthodontic care needs. Come visit our San Antonio office and talk to our staff about the affordable financial and insurance options we offer. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment, fill out our easy online appointment request form or give us a call at (210) 344-9295. We look forward to connecting with you and your family!