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I Am an Adult. Do I Need to Wear a Sports Guard?

Posted on 1/15/2024 by Brandon Cooley
Close up of a hand holding a sports guardSports go together with children, teenagers, and youth sports. Now that you are an adult, you may think that you do not need to wear a sports guard to protect your mouth against trauma. However, depending on the type of exercise you are engaged in, you may want to think about protecting your teeth with one.

What Are Sports Guards Used For?

Many teenagers wear sports guards in order to protect their orthodontic work, such as braces, aligners, or retainers, from trauma. Many sports that children play, such as soccer, tennis, football, or baseball, involve physical contact or objects that can impact their mouth or face. Sports guards are made of tough plastic and protect teeth from the shock of trauma if an accident or an injury occurs.

Most dentists and orthodontists recommend children and teenagers wear sports guards if they participate in organized sports. But what if you are an adult?

Adults and Sports Guards

More than a quarter of all adults participate regularly in organized sports, and another 20 percent of adults participate seasonally in a sport. The American Dental Association states that more than 75 percent of all adults have teeth that have been altered. If you have invested a significant amount of money in your mouth through orthodontics or cosmetic procedures, you may want to think about using a sports guard. For example, if you wear veneers on your teeth, if those veneers become cracked or chipped due to a sports injury, you will have to replace all the veneers, which can be very expensive.

Our dentist will be able to make a mold of your teeth and make a sports guard no matter what type of sports you play. Once you have a sports guard, you can play organized sports and all the pickup games you want without worrying about your teeth.

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