The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recently announced that it has partnered with Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin to promote National Facial Protection Month. Corbin always wears a mouth guard when he is at bat or on the pitching mound. 

In a public service announcement that he recorded for the AAO, Corbin encouraged athletes of all ages to protect their mouth, teeth and face when being active. As a professional baseball player, Corbin is acutely aware of the risks that athletes in his sport take when they don't protect their teeth. Baseballs are hit at speeds over 100 miles per hour, and one could only imagine the damage that could be done if they  hit someone in the mouth. 

"Wearing a mouth guard on the field is just as important as any other protective gear," Corbin said in a press release. "In baseball, a line drive can come at you when you least expect it, and it's crucial to be protected at all times."

The all-star pitcher said that wearing a mouth guard not only protects his teeth, but improves his pitching game as well. The device reportedly aligns his jaw with his center of gravity, which helps alleviate the muscle tension that he sometimes has in his neck, back and shoulders. 

Individuals with orthodontic braces need to wear mouth guards to keep their appliances from being damaged. Not taking this preventative measure could result in more time and money spent on additional treatment. 

Interested in learning more about how to keep your teeth safe and healthy while you have braces? Contact a New York City orthodontist. The friendly staff at Upper Eastside Orthodontists would be happy to meet with you!

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