If you have braces, it’s very important to make sure they’re protected from damage while you’re playing sports.
We recommend that you use a mouthguard to protect your teeth and gums from any injury if you play hockey, soccer, basketball, football, volleyball, wrestling, skiing and snowboarding, boxing, gymnastics, martial arts, rugby, skateboarding, racquetball, lacrosse, surfing, weightlifting, or track and field.
There are three types of mouthguards to consider:
Pre-made mouthguards and “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguards (in most sporting goods stores) and a custom-made mouthguard. Any mouthguard you use should be tear-resistant, easy to clean, well fitted for your mouth, and doesn’t impede your breathing.
We suggest a custom mouthguard. They’re specially designed and will offer you the greatest protection from mouth injuries if you wear braces or a retainer.
How to take care of your mouthguard
Like any other appliance that’s designed to help your teeth and smile, a mouthguard must be taken care of and cleaned correctly. If should also be replaced once it’s become old and doesn’t offer optimal protection.
To keep your mouthguard clean and in good condition, you should:
- Gently scrub it after each use with a toothbrush and paste
- Store it in a protective case
- Prevent it from melting or becoming deformed by keeping it out of hot water or the sun
- Replace it at the beginning of a new sports season, or if it doesn’t fit properly
- Avoid chewing on it
If you wear a mouthguard, do not wear it with your retainer.
Bring your mouthpiece with you to your next appointment so that the orthodontist can make sure it still fits properly.
Our goal is to help minimize your chances of a sports-related injury to your smile. Be sure to ask your doctor about mouthguards at your next appointment.