LAKEVILLE AND MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA –All the orthodontic treatment in the world won’t help you if you get your teeth broken or knocked out while playing sports.
That’s why the team here at the Lakeville, Prior Lake and Minneapolis orthodontics practice of Cosmopolitan Orthodontics is providing free mouth guards to area lacrosse players.
About 300 boys and girls play lacrosse in the Lakeville Lacrosse Association. Dr. Trudy Bonvino, who provides traditional orthodontic treatment and invisible braces with Invisalign and Invisalign Teen treatment, wants those players to stay safe while on the field.
“It’s impossible to know when or if you’ll take a blow to the face when you’re playing a sport like lacrosse, so you have to be prepared at all times,” Dr. Bonvino says. “A mouth guard can protect your teeth from trauma. If you are in orthodontic treatment, it also can prevent damage to your orthodontic appliances.”
The key to mouth guards is proper fit, she says. That is best attained by taking impressions so a custom mouth guard can be fabricated.
When they fit properly, mouth guards help protect bone and tooth roots from harm, according to the Consumer Guide to Dentistry.
A mouth guard also can protect an athlete from significant injuries such as concussions, fractured jaws, neck injuries and cerebral hemorrhages because they provide protection to avoid situations where a player’s lower jaw gets slammed into his or her upper jaw.
It’s particularly important to wear a mouth guard that fits properly when you have braces. Not only can trauma break appliances, but brackets and wires can cause damage to soft tissue when a player is hit in the face.
Lacrosse players who already have a mouth guard can bring it to our Prior Lake or Lakeville office and have it checked to ensure it still fits properly. It’s wise to have them checked for fit every season because children are still growing and last year’s mouth guard may not fit any longer. Players who are in orthodontic treatment may need a new mouth guard if their treatment has resulted in significant changes in their teeth alignment.
“We enjoy being part of the Lakeville community, and we see providing free mouth guards to players as a helpful way for us to give back to the community,” Dr. Bonvino says.
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