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Facial Protection Month: A Game Plan for Orthodontic Patients



A clear, blue mouthguard sits in the grass


The Importance of Facial Protection

Especially during orthodontic treatment, proper facial and mouth protection are crucial to preventing sports-related injuries. Statistics reveal a startling reality: athletes have a 10% chance of experiencing a facial or dental injury every season. Over the course of their lifetime, these odds increase to a staggering 50%. These numbers aren't just figures; they represent potential setbacks in orthodontic treatment, not to mention the pain, inconvenience, and financial cost of dental injuries.


The Role of Orthodontics in Protecting Your Smile

For those wearing braces or undergoing other orthodontic treatments, the stakes are even higher. A blow to the face can damage not only your mouth and teeth but also the orthodontic appliances, leading to emergency visits to the orthodontist and potentially prolonging treatment. But fear not! With the right protective measures, maintaining your active lifestyle while protecting your orthodontic investment is entirely achievable.


Choosing the Right Mouthguard

One of the most effective tools in our facial protection arsenal is the mouthguard. Not all mouthguards are created equal, especially for orthodontic patients. A properly fitted mouthguard is essential for anyone, but those with braces should consider custom-made options designed to accommodate their appliances. These mouthguards offer a snug fit, providing not only comfort but also superior protection.


Other Protective Measures

Beyond mouthguards, other forms of facial protection, such as helmets and face guards, offer additional layers of security. These are particularly recommended for high-contact sports or activities with a high risk of facial injury. Wearing these can be the difference between a close call and a visit to the emergency room.


Facial Protection Month: A Call to Action

Facial Protection Month serves as a reminder to athletes, parents, and coaches alike of the importance of facial and dental safety. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure your smile stays protected:

  1. Invest in a high-quality, orthodontic-friendly mouthguard.

  2. Always wear the recommended protective gear for your sport, including helmets and face shields.

  3. Educate young athletes on the importance of facial protection.

  4. Schedule regular check-ups with your orthodontist to ensure your protective gear fits correctly as your treatment progresses.


Conclusion

As we observe Facial Protection Month, let's commit to making facial protection a non-negotiable part of our athletic gear. For those in orthodontic treatment, it's not just an investment in your sport but in your smile's future. Remember, prevention is always the best strategy when it comes to sports-related injuries. So, gear up, play safe, and protect your winning smile.


Have questions about the right facial protection for your child? Call us at (314) 567- 3444 or send us a message to varble@varbleorthodontics.com.

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