How do I Take Care of my Athletic Mouthguard?

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How do I Take Care of my Athletic Mouthguard?
Posted on 09/27/2021

At Brieden Orthodontics, we want to protect your teeth and braces from any harmful impacts, that’s why we feel strongly about mouthguards. Our family orthodontist in New Baltimore cannot stress this enough - always wear a mouthguard when playing sports. Most people believe a mouthguard is only needed in sports like football, boxing, and hockey because they are high impact. Unfortunately, this is simply not true. You should wear a mouthguard when playing most sports like soccer, basketball, softball, baseball, and skateboarding. As your Chesterfield orthodontist, we want to prevent dental problems like chipped teeth, jaw dislocation, broken braces, and concussions.

Types of Athletic Mouthguards

    The three main types of athletics mouthguards include: How do I Take Care of my Athletic Mouthguard?
  • Off the Shelf: These mouthguards can be purchased in many places like your average sporting goods store. The mouthguards come in various shapes and sizes to best fit your mouth. Unfortunately, although they have different sizes, it does not mean that the mouthguard will “fit” your mouth. Often, they need to be kept in place with your teeth clenched, which can be uncomfortable and difficult for an entire sports activity.
  • Boil & Bite: These mouthguards are a step up from the off-the-shelf mouthguard. Again, they can be found in most sporting goods stores and are inexpensive. The technique with these mouthguards is to boil them for a short period of time, then place them in your mouth with your teeth clenched. The softened plastic will fit around your teeth and mouth like a custom fit. The boil & bite mouthguards give more comfort to the wearer, but can still miss full mouth coverage.
  • Orthodontic Custom Fit: At Brieden Orthodontics, our Chesterfield orthodontist believes the orthodontic custom-fit mouthguard is the best option and will provide any wearer with the most mouth and tooth coverage. We will custom fit a mouthguard to your teeth that will be comfortable while providing full coverage against dental trauma.
    Once you’ve received your orthodontic custom-fit mouthguard, it’s important that you care for it properly so it will continue to protect your teeth and jaw.
  1. Always clean your mouthguard before and after every use with a toothbrush and toothpaste, as you would brush your teeth. This will decrease the bacteria on your mouthguard.
  2. Periodically rinse your mouthguard with lukewarm water to get rid of any debris or buildup.
  3. Store your athletic mouthguard in a firm case so it is protected from the elements and does not become damaged.
  4. Replace your athletic mouthguard if it does become damaged. Ask your family orthodontist in New Baltimore when you should periodically replace your mouthguard.

Ask Your Chesterfield Orthodontist About Athletic Mouthguards Today!

If you need an athletic mouthguard, contact Brieden Orthodontics to schedule your mouthguard fitting appointment today. We look forward to seeing you soon at our family orthodontist in New Baltimore!