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    Mouthguards by your torrance orthodontist

    Posted on Oct 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM by Breeze Orthodontics in Mouthguard

    Back to school season also means our local Torrance highschool athletes will start their fall training for the next high school football season.  Athletes wear all kinds of protective gear such as helmets and knee pads, but did you know injuries to the face in nearly every sport can harm your teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue?  The problem is magnified as the brackets on your braces could tear at your cheeks during even a moderate hit.  Fortunately your torrance orthodontist can help.

    Contact sports such as football, boxing, hockey and other non-contact sports such as gymnastics have the potential to seriously harm the head, face or mouth as a result of head-to-head contact, hazardous falls, tooth clenching or blows to the mouth.  With braces, you also have to worry about additional tearing of the insides of the cheak due to the wires and brackets.  Not to mention the possibility of brackets breaking free during a hit.

    Sports for which you may need a mouthguard include: acrobatics, basketball, bicycling, boxing, dance, equestrian events, field hockey, football, gymnastics, ice hockey, ice skating, inline skating, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, softball, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.

    Mouthguards are often altered and cut by athletes in an attempt to make them more comfortable to wear, resulting in an even further reduction in their effectiveness, and increasing the chance of injury and in some cases, the chance of a concussion.  Your orthodontist can take an impression of your athlete's teeth and create a custom mouthguard that not only optimally protect, but is custom tailored to work around your athlete's braces.

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