Should orthodontic patients wear sports mouthguards? Yes, absolutely! You should wear a mouthguard while playing any sport that might involve a blow to the face or mouth.
Why wear a mouthguard?
Dental injuries are very common in contact sports, and countless teeth are lost or damaged every year. A few examples of common injuries are:
- Chipped teeth
- Fractured tooth roots
- Knocked out teeth
- Cuts on the inner lips and cheeks
We only get one set of adult teeth and if one gets knocked out, you’ll go the rest of your life with a gap or an implant. It’s always important to wear a mouthguard, especially with braces. If you get hit in the face without a mouthguard, the brackets and wires can injure the soft tissue in your mouth. A mouthguard both protects your teeth and creates a barrier between your braces and your soft tissue.
How to choose your mouthguard
Regular boil-and-bite mouthguards aren’t suitable for braces because they don’t provide enough space for brackets and wires. Custom-fitted mouthguards aren’t ideal either because during orthodontic treatment, the teeth move and soon the mouthguard won’t fit. Dr. Peterson recommends choosing a mouthguard that is specifically designed for braces. These have extra space for brackets and wires. They also won’t put pressure on moving teeth.
A few good options on Amazon:
After your braces are off, you can choose a custom-fitted mouthguard or a boil-and-bite mouthguard. Always wear your mouthguard while playing contact sports.
Dr. Peterson is here to provide you with a positive experience while in braces, and that includes supporting you as an athlete! If you have any questions or concerns about protecting your mouth while playing sports, give us a call anytime. With the right mouthguard, you can continue to enjoy your favorite sports even with braces on.