When you play sports, sports mouth guards are more of the most important peices of equipment for your safety, and that of your braces.
You’ve probably already had to make a few lifestyle changes to accommodate your braces.
For example, your diet is probably somewhat different than it was before you started treatment, and you likely spend far more time carefully brushing and flossing your teeth, too!
If you wear braces, another area where you’ll have to be more cautious than usual is athletics.
A sports mouth guard is essential for protecting your orthodontic appliances, and your mouth, too while playing sports.
If you play contact sports, mouth guards are generally a good idea whether you wear braces or not. Even for those who aren't undergoing orthodontic treatment, mouth guards are necessary to protect the teeth, cheeks, jaw, and face from injury.
Braces, however, can make sports more dangerous. First of all, when orthodontics appliances are damaged, repairs can be fairly costly. And more importantly, your orthodontic treatment progress will be disrupted if your braces or orthodontic appliances are damaged, resulting in setbacks.
And that could mean you might have to wear your braces for longer than planned.
Also, teeth undergoing orthodontic treatment become loosened as they change position in the mouth, which means they can be more easily damaged or knocked out than they normally would be.
Lastly, damaged orthodontic appliances may cause serious injuries and lacerations to the inside of 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 in particular when you have braces!) custom-made is best. Though they're more expensive, custom mouth guards will keep you safer because they are moulded to specially fit just your mouth, thereby providing better protection.