Mouthguards can be useful tools for many dental patients. But are they helpful for patients with braces? Of course, the answer depends on a few different factors. In this article, you’ll learn which patients need a mouthguard for braces- and how to wear one without damaging your brackets.
What is a Mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a type of protection that patients wear in their mouths. Usually, they’re used to protect the teeth, tongue, and other parts of the mouth from impact injuries during sports. However, they can be used for other purposes, too. Nightguards (which are worn at night to prevent damage from teeth grinding) are another popular type of mouthguard.
Do I Need a Mouthguard for Braces?
You do not need to wear a mouthguard to protect your mouth from braces. However, if you have braces and also need a mouthguard for other reasons, then it’s important to get a device that was designed for braces users. As you know, braces don’t sit completely flat on the teeth. Therefore, you will need a device that was made to safely fit over brackets.
Choosing the Right Mouthguard for Braces
A mouthguard for braces will be made out of strong yet comfortable material that protects the mouth while also being gentle on your brackets. The guard will also be big enough to comfortably (and safely) fit over the braces while the teeth are still moving. It’s important to get this device from a dentist or orthodontist. While there are DIY kits available at drugstores (usually called boil-and-bite kits), these are not safe for your brackets.
Talking to Your Orthodontist
If you need any special device during your braces treatment, then it’s important to talk to your orthodontist. They can help you choose the right tools and also answer any of your questions along the way.
Still Have Questions?
Dr. Bar and the rest of the Adventure Orthodontics team can help you make sense of your braces treatment. Our team is here for you, whether you need a mouthguard for braces, have issues with your brackets, or just need general advice. Click the link above to book your appointment today.