Sports Mouth Guards
Elmwood Park, IL
Mouth guards help cushion a collision to your face and minimize the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw during sports or high activity.
How Do I Know If I Need A Mouth Guard?
When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouth guard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should always be available during contact sports. While collision and contact sports are higher-risk sports for the mouth and teeth, any athlete may experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too.
Protecting Your Braces
A properly fitted mouth guard may be necessary for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. A blow to the face could damage the brackets, for example. A mouth guard can also help you avoid injuries to your gums and cheeks by providing a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips during potential collisions.
Talk to your dentist or orthodontist about selecting the right mouthguard for your protection. Although some mouth guards only cover the upper teeth, your dentist or orthodontist may suggest a mouth guard for the lower teeth if you have braces on these teeth. Do not wear a retainer during any contact sports.
When to Replace a Mouth Guard?
Talk to your dentist about when to replace or inspect your mouth guard, but replace it immediately if it shows sign of wear or is damaged. Teens and children may need to replace their mouth guards more often because their mouths are still growing and changing.
Am I A Candidate?
Dental injuries while playing sports are a common occurrence, and using a properly fitted mouth guard during sports activities is the best way to reduce the amount and severity of sports-related dental traumas.
Book an appointment with one of our dentists to see which mouth guard may work best for you. Or call (312) 757-6434 if you have any questions.