Mouth and jaw injuries are extremely common for athletes and active people in general. So, whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is essential.
Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums. If you participate in basketball, boxing, hockey, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, or wrestling, the American Dental Association recommends that you wear a mouthguard. This goes for children, teens, and adults.