When it comes to choosing a mouth guard for someone with braces, the process isn’t exactly the same. If you get a regular mouthguard, you might be causing more harm than without one. Your child could suffer dental trauma and broken brackets if you use the wrong type of mouth guard and an accident occurs.
If you want to prevent traumatic injuries and costly repairs, we suggest that you find a mouth guard that is designed for people with braces who still want to play contact sports.
Your child’s coach will hopefully know what kind of protective equipment your child needs for their specific sport and what kind has worked in the past. They will surely know what kinds of injuries are common with the sport and will be able to help you more fully understand the situation.
If your child loves the sport they play and plan on being extremely active in it, it may be best to get a custom-made mouth guard specifically for them. While this option may be more expensive, it will provide a higher level of safety.
If your child doesn’t play sports that often, you can get what is called a “boil and bite” mouth guard. This allows your child to protect their mouth even with braces. The boil and bite guard becomes unique to your child’s teeth one it hardens.
No matter what kind of guard you decide to purchase for your child, make sure that it is comfortable. Something that is uncomfortable is likely not the right fit and should be changed out. If you experience any kind of dental emergency or dental trauma, give us a call right away.