A mouthguard is crucial to keeping your smile safe from injury. If you play sports, it’s always a good idea to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth, gums, and jaw from potential blows to the head. You just never know when sporting equipment or other team members may accidentally hit you in the mouth.

Potential Risks

The risk of injury to the mouth increases no matter what sport you play. Without a mouthguard, you risk hurting your teeth and jaw, and even damaging your braces. If you get injured during orthodontic treatment, you may need to have your braces removed to receive medical treatment and heal. Depending on the severity of the injury, this can greatly lengthen your treatment time and possibly your treatment costs.

The risk of concussion also increases without a mouthguard. If you experience a severe blow to the head or jaw, you’ll want to soften the impact to your brain with a mouthguard. When a blunt force hits the jaw, a mouthguard can help absorb some of the force to your head.

Keeping Smiles Safe With A Mouthguard

At Durham Orthodontics, we never want your orthodontic treatment to keep you from doing the activities you love to do. At your next appointment, let us know if you’d like to protect your smile. We can help recommend a mouthguard that’s comfortable, durable, and easy to clean.


Our goal is to improve your smile and keep it safe from unexpected injuries. However, accidents can still happen even when you take precaution. Remember: if you experience an orthodontic emergency, contact our office immediately. We can schedule an appointment for you to have your appliance repaired. You can also check out our website for information on how to fix common appliance problems at home.