Braces for kids, teens, or adults are great for straightening misaligned teeth, correcting an imperfect bite, lessening crowded teeth, and correcting overbites and underbites. Modern orthodontic treatment bands are often worn by kids, young adults, and adults while playing sports and being involved in adventurous activities like swimming and mountain biking.
Orthodontists are often asked if individuals can continue to play sports while wearing braces. It is highly recommended that while playing sports, especially contact sports, patients should be fitted with an orthodontic mouthguard to protect their teeth from serious injuries.
An orthodontic mouthguard is designed for an active lifestyle. These unique mouthguards are made from strong yet light silicone, and designed with a large rubber flange that helps to keep a hit to the mouth from exerting force on braces brackets.
Orthodontic mouthguards are non-intrusive. You are not going to look like you are wearing a face mask. They are quite comfortable to wear regardless of their size, which is just a little larger than a traditional mouthguard.
The difference between a traditional mouthguard and an orthodontic mouthguard is that the latter is made from a very hard plastic. Regular mouthguards are designed to protect bare teeth, not braces, so if you get hit while wearing a regular mouthguard with braces, the blow may damage your brackets and wires, requiring an immediate trip to the dentist to repair the damage. Orthodontic mouthguards save you from this danger by cushioning your lips, gums, and teeth.
If you live in or are visiting Albany, Berkeley, or El Cerrito, California, contact the I Song Orthodontics offices to be fitted for braces or an orthodontic mouthguard. Our friendly and qualified orthodontists and staff members are eager to help you with any of your dental needs.
I Song Orthodontics offers a variety of orthodontic treatments that will fit your budget and lifestyle:
- Metal Braces: Metal braces are made from high-grade stainless steel that fits comfortably in the mouth.
- Clear Braces: Clear braces are made from clear, translucent material.
- Self-Ligating Braces: Self-ligating braces feature a strong, mechanical base bonding, slide mechanism and solid walls designed to control tooth movement with precision and efficacy.
- Invisalign: Invisalign features a number of translucent aligners that overlay your teeth. This innovative treatment is favored by teen patients because of its non-intrusive appearance.