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Game On? Guard In. Protect Your Smile Now So You Can Flaunt It Later.

Take a closer look and you’ll see that even the best athletes in sports are hip to wearing mouthguards today – and it’s because they know when the game is over, it’s time to get their smile on. Protecting your smile during any athletic activity or organized sporting event is important, and mouthguards do the job by shielding your teeth and gums from injury.

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Types of Mouthguards

Just like any other piece of athletic gear, you have a choice when it comes to mouthguards.

  • Pre-made and boil-and-bite mouthguards can be purchased off the shelf at a sporting goods store. You’ll want to make sure it is tear-resistant, fits properly, comfortable to wear, easy to clean, and doesn’t prevent you from breathing normally.
  • A custom mouthguard can be made to fit your mouth and provide optimal protection against injury.

Your Trio orthodontist can give you practical guidance on choosing the right mouthguard as well as how to properly wear it.

Care & Cleaning

Obviously you’ll want to clean your mouthguard once you’re done wearing it – after all, it is going back into your mouth at some point. So gently scrub your mouthguard after each use with a toothbrush and liquid antibacterial soap. Here are a few more tips to ensure your mouthguard will be game ready:

  • Store your mouthguard in a protective case.
  • Do not leave your mouthguard in the sun or in hot water as it could melt or become deformed.
  • Replace your mouthguard at the beginning of every new sports season. You should also replace your mouthguard if you notice it has become worn or no longer fits properly.
  • Do not wear a retainer with your mouthguard.
  • Avoid chewing on or cut pieces off of your mouthguard.
  • Mouthguards come in different shapes and sizes, so ask your Trio orthodontist which is best for you.
  • Bring your mouthguard to regular checkups to make sure it’s still in good working shape.
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Retaining That Great Smile.

Some wear + care instructions for your new retainer.

Your retainer is doing important work by helping to keep your teeth properly aligned. But it needs to be in your mouth as instructed and properly cared for to work effectively. Follow these simple wear + care instructions and you’ll continue to be rewarded with a beautiful smile.

  • Wear your retainer as your orthodontist instructs.
  • Take your retainer out when eating and put it in its case (most often, appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants).
  • Clean your retainer thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and liquid antibacterial soap using warm water only. Brushing retainers removes plaque and eliminates odors. You can soak it in denture cleaner or orthodontic appliance cleaners weekly, but this doesn’t take the place of brushing.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.
  • If your retainer is not in your mouth, it should always be in its case. Pets love to chew on them.
  • You may find it difficult to speak at first, so practice speaking, reading or singing out loud to get used to it faster.
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat yours with care. If your retainer gets lost or broken, call us immediately.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, or if you think it needs adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust it yourself.
  • Always bring your retainer to your appointments.
  • Remove your retainer when you go swimming.
  • Retainer replacements are expensive, but proper care can increase the longevity of your retainer.