While your braces are designed to be durable, they are not impervious to damage. If any part of your braces of mouth is damaged or injured, it could significantly increase the amount of time it takes to reach your ideal alignment.
Keeping your teeth and braces clean from residual food particles and plaque, as well as avoiding stick and hard foods, is just one piece of the puzzle.
If you are an athlete participating in a contact sport or other vigorous activities that could result in a blow to the face, a mouth guard become especially important. A quality mouth guard will not only protect your teeth from being knocked out, it can also prevent damage to your braces.
If a part of your braces hardware is loosened or damaged by a blow to the face any resulting sharp points can injure your cheek or gums. In a situation like this you can secure any sharp points inside the special orthodontic wax Dr. Lee A. Mahlmann gave you when he first installed your braces. This will help to protect your mouth from further harm long enough for Dr. Lee A. Mahlmann to repair the problem.
If you need help selecting the right mouth guard to protect your braces during contact sports, you can always call Dr. Lee A. Mahlmann’s office in Richmond, Texas at 281-342-6311 to set up a consultation session.