If you play sports, there are few pieces of equipment more important for your safety, and that of your braces, than a sports mouth guard.
If you have braces, you’ve probably already had to make a few lifestyle changes to accommodate them.
Your diet, for example, is probably a bit different than it was before you started treatment, and you probably spend much more time carefully brushing and flossing your teeth, too!
Another area where you’ll have to be more careful than usual if you wear braces is athletics.
If you play sports while wearing braces, a sports mouth guard is essential for protecting your orthodontic appliances, and your mouth, too.
In general, a mouth guard is a good idea if you play contact sports, whether you wear braces or not. Even for people who aren't undergoing orthodontic treatment, mouth guards can help protect the teeth, cheeks, jaw, and face from injury.
Braces, however, can make sports more dangerous. Firstly, damaged orthodontic appliances can be fairly expensive to repair. And more importantly, damaged orthodontic appliances and braces will inevitably disrupt your orthodontic treatment progress, resulting in setbacks.
And that means you might have to wear your braces for longer than planned.
Additionally, your teeth will become loosened as they change position during orthodontic treatment, which means they can be more easily damaged and knocked out than they normally would be.
Finally, damaged orthodontic appliances can cause serious injuries and lacerations to the soft tissues in your mouth, including your teeth and gums.
What type of mouth guard should I get?
Cheap stock and boil and bite mouth guards are available at most sporting goods stores, but when it comes to mouth guards (and especially when you have braces!) custom-made is best. While they cost more, custom-made mouth guards will keep you safer because they are moulded to specially fit just your mouth, thereby providing better protection.