Mouthguard for Braces
A mouthguard for braces is a mouthpiece that is worn on either the upper or lower jaw, depending on the need of the patient. They are fabricated a certain way, beginning with the taking of a dental impression. An impression or copy of the jaws is taken, so that an appropriate stone may be used to create the cast or mould. Now once the cast is available, the mould may be run under the vacuum to fabricate a snug-fit mouthguard that should protect the teeth, the soft tissues, the bone and the jaws.
At first glance, you may think that mouthguards are only meant to protect the teeth, but it does so much more than that. You just have to think of it this way, when a patient is wearing a mouthguard he is directly providing protection to the teeth that should cushion any force to the teeth, as well as the other structures in the mouth. It provides some protection to the tissues that may be cut when they come into physical contact; it provides cushioning to the bone and the jaws that often endure the trauma that comes with constant wear and tear from occlusion. By wearing mouthguards, due protection is given to the patient, and it may be helpful not just for normal patients, but also for those wearing braces.
The Necessity of Mouthguards for Braces
Normally, mouthguards may be prescribed to patients who grind their teeth at night and also to those who engage in a lot of physical activity, such as sports. The material used for the fabrication of the appliance is quite thick, therefore offering much protection and cushioning that will absorb physical blow. When the patient is undergoing treatment with braces, the use of a mouthguard is going to be valuable:
For athletes that deal with balls that come flying in the air and have a high likelihood of landing on the face, specifically on the mouth, the use of mouthguards will be important so that instead of hitting the mouth blind and causing the teeth to fracture and the tissues to get cut because of the braces, some protection may be afforded to the patient. This is true for those playing basketball, football, soccer and rugby.
For athletes that engage in sport events that involve a lot of physical contact such as martial arts, boxing and even those already mentioned on the previous item, the wearing of a mouthguard is quite important because it protects the teeth and the other structures from a physical blow to the face.
For athletes that are not exactly engaging in a lot of physical contact but are put in danger of hurting their teeth because they are put in a moving object or animal, it is often best to afford some protection in case they fall and hit themselves in the face. An example of these those who race cars, bicycles, motorcycles and even those who ride horses and the like.
Just imagine this, without the mouthguard your metal-mouth will be completely exposed to anything. It will be open for objects flying and it will be open for any kind of attack or contact that may lead to teeth fracture, soft tissue and bone injury and so forth. Without a mouthguard, your mouth will be open for anything so that when a blow to the face comes, your soft tissues come into contact with the lips and the soft tissues, so that cuts and breaks may be incurred. Apart from that, the blow may bring fractures to the bone and even to the teeth.
When the patient is wearing a mouthguard for braces, you are not really guaranteed anything, but the extra protection that you are provided with helps to cushion the blow that should preserve the different structures of the mouth.