Mouthguards Mouthguards are traditionally worn while playing sports with high impacts, such as rugby and hockey. Basketball, soccer, and other non-contact sports don’t always require a mouthguard in order to play. However, if you have braces, a mouthguard is essential to wear in order to protect your smile even while playing low-impact sports. If you don’t have braces and are playing low-impact sports, you may want to consider investing in a mouthguard anyway.

Why Are Mouthguards Important To Wear With Braces?

While a mouthguard is essentially always important, it is extra important to wear one if you have braces. This is due to the fact that the soft tissue in your mouth is more susceptible to damage if someone hits you in the face. The metal braces and brackets can shred your gums and perhaps even break through your lip, if someone were to hit you in the mouth. This is incredibly painful and could potentially cause some permanent scarring. The best way to avoid this from happening is to simply cover your braces with a mouthguard. The mouthguard is made out of a durable plastic that creates a solid barrier between your braces and your gums.

How Do I Choose The Best Mouthguard?

In order for your mouthguard to work the way that it should, it is important that you choose one with care. There are three questions that you should ask yourself when choosing the right mouthguard to wear with braces:

  • Does the mouthguard feel comfortable in your mouth?

  • Is the mouthguard too bulky?

  • How much room does the mouthguard give for your teeth to move?

If your mouthguard does not feel comfortable in your mouth, then you likely aren’t going to wear it. It is distracting when trying to play sports, and could even cause you some pain. A lot of the over-the-counter mouthguards that you can purchase are made more generically. Because of this, there is a good possibility that the mouthguard will not fit over your braces and teeth properly. In order to get a mouthguard that is custom fit to your mouth, you should have it made by an orthodontist. The orthodontist will create the mouthguard using a mold from your mouth. This ensures that the mouthguard feels comfortable in your mouth while play, and is a protection to you instead of a distraction.

Some mouthguards that are made specifically for people with braces are extra bulky. This is due to the fact that the mouthguard is made larger to encompass the braces as well as the teeth. However, if the mouthguard is too bulky for the wearer’s mouth, this entirely defeats the purpose because the mouthguard will likely not fit inside. Again, the solution to this issue would be to have a mouthguard custom-made by an orthodontist. This helps ensure that the mouthguard is large enough to encompass the braces, but small enough to fit inside your mouth.

When you are in braces, your teeth are constantly moving. Because of this, a mold that was taken two month previously may not currently fit comfortably on your teeth. This means that you may constantly be purchasing new mouthguards to fit your moving teeth. A better approach to this would likely be to have your orthodontist make you a mouthguard that accounts for some of this teeth movement. This will allow you to wear the mouthguard for longer, and will make it a smarter investment for you.

Make sure your mouthguard fits properly. If it doesn’t, it can’t do its job properly, and your teeth are still in danger. Dr. Garrett has been serving as an orthodontist since 1979, and he is constantly keeping up with modern technology and practices in order to provide the best service possible. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation and get started with your new mouthguard!