The braces installed by your orthodontist, Dr. Mark A. Osenieks, are designed to be durable enough to handle the regular wear and tear of eating most basic foods. This durability does not extend to the potential blows to the face that can occur during rigorous athletics and contact sports.
Complications during these instances can pose a serious threat to your braces and can lead to very serious oral injuries. This makes the use of a quality mouthguard especially important for athletes with braces.
Many of the mouthguards sold in stores can feel bulky or can impede your ability to breathe freely. This can encourage some athletes to forgo using a mouthguard. This could significantly increase your risk of suffering significant damage to your braces and teeth.
Many athletes with braces will try retail-level mouthguards. Unfortunately, many people complain that they fit poorly, causing increased salivation or impeding their breathing. This might cause them to forgo using the mouthguard, increasing the risk of significant oral injury.
If you find retail-level mouthguards inadequate or uncomfortable, Dr. Mark A. Osenieks can help fit you for a custom mouthguard. This is a soft yet durable plastic mouthpiece designed to match your mouth for maximum protection and passage of air.
If you are an athlete with braces in need of a mouthguard in Grand Rapids, Michigan, you should call (616) 453-0002 to schedule an appointment at Mark Osenieks, DDS, PC.