Braces can be discomforting for teenagers and adults who wear them. If you are an athlete, wearing braces can be a cause of concern as you might think this could stop you from playing the sports you love. What you need is a specialized mouthguard that protects your mouth and braces when you are on the field. Mouthguards worn over braces are a worthwhile investment for protecting your smile.
Why Mouthguards Matter
Mouthguards are often ignored when you are playing contact sports like baseball, basketball, soccer, football and rugby. Failure to wear a mouthguard can expose you to serious dental and orofacial injuries that can take place during a single game or the course of a season. While wearing a mouthguard is essential during high-contact sports, it’s a common misconception that an athlete cannot sustain injuries to the teeth, mouth and jaw while playing other sports. Studies of non-mouthguard-mandated sports have found orofacial and dental injuries account for anywhere from 3% to 38% of total injuries, while athletes who do not wear a mouthguard are 1.6 to 1.9 times as likely to suffer some type of orofacial trauma.
Protection Offered by Mouthguards
Mouthguards act as a cushion for your teeth, mouth, and jaw. They absorb the impact from a blow, contract and then spread again as they expand back into shape. Wearing mouthguards helps protect you against chipped, dislodged or impacted teeth. Your cheeks, tongue and mouth are also protected against contusions, abrasions, and lacerations.
Athletes who wear braces require special mouthguards that provide a secure and comfortable fit. Mouthguards designed for use with braces ensure you don’t damage your teeth, suffer cuts and lacerations that can be caused by damage to wires and brackets.
A great mouthguard for people who wear braces is the Makura Sport’s Lithos™ which is made with medical-grade silicon rubber. The mouthguard has achieved a Level-2 Impact Resistance during independent testing and is available in one size for users aged 11 and over.
When selecting a mouthguard, it is important to consider how comfortable you are while wearing it. You should be able to communicate with your teammates, shouldn’t have to clench your teeth to keep it in place, and it should not make you want to gag.
Makura Sport is devoted to the safety of athletes, designing and manufacturing high quality, competitively priced mouthguards. The technology that goes into every Makura mouthguard provides uncompromised protection with unbeatable comfort.
If you are an athlete and wear braces find out how our mouthguard offers the protection you need.
At Makura Sport, our mission is to provide you with mouthguards that exceed expectations and make us the protection of choice for athletes around the world. Contact us today to learn more.
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