Do you play sports? It is important to keep your braces protected during games and practices. One way to do this is by wearing a mouthguard that can be worn with braces. In fact, Dr. Getman recommends that you wear a mouthguard so that your braces and teeth stay protected. Getman Orthodontics near Collierville is here to ensure that all of our patients who have braces and play sports keep their smile safe. Stay focused on the game while staying on track with treatment.
What do mouthguards do?
Before getting into which mouthguard will work best with braces, Dr. Getman believes it is important for all patients to understand the exact function of a mouthguard, and why they are important. Many sports, including football, lacrosse, and ice hockey, require players to wear mouthguards to keep the teeth and mouth safe during games and practices. While some sports may get rough, mouthguards help players from chipping or losing teeth. When a patient has braces, mouthguards are even more important so the braces stay intact, and so there is no damage to the lips or cheeks.
What are the different type of mouthguards available for those with braces?
The main types of mouthguard that Getman Orthodontics recommends for their patients are:
- Stock Mouthguards: Stock mouthguards are inexpensive, come ready to wear, and can be bought at most sporting goods stores. They are a uniform fit and therefore cannot be adjusted or changed easily. Because of this, some patients find them bulky, uncomfortable, and find that it sometimes makes talking and breathing difficult. While stock mouthguards work well for those without braces, they offer less protection for patient’s who have braces.
- Orthodontic Mouthguards: Orthodontic mouthguards are mouth guards which can be made by orthodontists. These may be a little more expensive than stock mouthguards, however they are customized to fit and protect those with braces. This customized fit helps to offer the most comfort and protection.
- Boil and Bite Mouthguards: Boil and bite mouthguards are mouthguards which mold to the player’s teeth. To customize them, a patient would need to boil the mouthguard in hot water which softens the thermoplastic material and allows a patient to bite down and mold it to perfectly fit their teeth. Boil and bite mouthguards can also be found at most sporting goods stores and although they are a little more expensive than stock mouthguards, are not overly expensive. However, Dr. Getman DOES NOT RECOMMEND this type of mouthguard for those patients that wear braces.
No matter what mouthguard you choose, the team at Getman Orthodontics wants to make sure that your teeth and braces are fully protected during sports games and practices. It is not only important to practice and try your best on the field or court, but to also make sure your braces and mouth are protected from any possible injuries. For more information on mouthguards for braces, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Getman, please contact Getman Orthodontics near Collierville today at 901-843-2483!