If you are a wrestler that wears braces, you have a good chance of getting your mouth all cut up if you do not take precautions. Braces are also very expensive, and you do not want to do anything that would mess them up. Follow the two tips below so you can wear your braces and wrestle.
Orthodontic Mouth Guard
An orthodontic mouth guard is a good way to protect your teeth while you are wrestling. It is made from a high grade silicone, and is much different than the regular mouth guards. Many regular mouth guards have to be boiled in hot water, left to cool, and then placed in your mouth. You will then form the mouth guard around your teeth so it fits comfortably. With an orthodontic mouth guard, you do not have to boil them at all. These guards have flanges that you bite down on while wearing your braces. This holds the guard securely in your mouth.
Orthodontic mouth guards also have flanges that fit under your top and bottom lips. If you get hit in the mouth while you are wrestling, these flanges stop your lips from pushing into your braces.
If you do not have your metal braces yet, you should consider getting Invisalign braces if you are a good candidate. Invisalign braces work well for people that only need to straighten their teeth. If you have any kind of bite problem, or other more serious orthodontic problem, your dentist will likely suggest regular braces.
With Invisalign, you will wear a clear plastic tray that is referred to as aligners. The doctor will take measurements of your teeth, and have the aligners sent to a lab to be custom made in the size and shape of your teeth. The aligners are made of a clear plastic so people will not know you are wearing them.
Invisalign can be taken out while you wrestle, and then put back in when you are finished. How your treatment works depends on your doctor. In many cases, you will see the doctor every couple of weeks to replace your aligners with new ones.
Speak with your orthodontist before you start wearing anything to protect your braces. It is important that you use the right type of mouth guard for protection to ensure that you will not end up with a lot of cuts while you are wrestling.Share