Your braces are a serious investment in realigning your teeth for a more appealing smile and a healthier mouth. If you are an athlete participating in contact sports, you need to talk to Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter about your mouth guard options. being fitted for a custom mouth guard.
A blow to the face during contact sports could fracture or knock out one or more teeth. Moreover, it could also damage to your braces and injure your cheek or gums. These types of injuries can be rather expensive to repair and almost always increase the amount of time you need to wear them.
The mouth guards available in stores offer a minimal amount of protection. Many athletes complain that they feel bulky or make it hard to breathe. A custom mouth guard is made from a durable, thermoplastic material that is custom designed to conform to your teeth and personal bite pattern. As an added bonus new research has found that in some situation a custom mouth guards can reduce the chances of concussion and even certain brain injuries.
Ultimately, the cost of being fitted for a custom mouth guard will be much cheaper than the cost of repairing your braces or replacing damaged teeth. With proper care the unit can provide years of protection for your mouth throughout the duration that you need to wear your braces.
If you have questions or you are interested in exploring your mouth guard options, please feel free to call Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter at 718-278-2441 to schedule an appointment.