Braces and gumshields, what you need to know.

It is important that you protect your teeth and mouth by wearing a gumshield for contact sports. Here’s our advice on which gumshield is best for protecting your smile.

When do I need to wear a gumshield?

Wearing a gumshield, whether you are wearing a brace or not, is advisable for all activities where there is a reasonable chance of physical contact. Gumshields are essential for contact sports such as rugby, hockey and lacrosse.

What type of gumshield is best for me?

Gumshields can be custom-made (created from an imprint of your teeth), or over-the- counter (these can be standard or mouldable). We recommend using the mouldable type, as the fit is usually much better.

When there are both adult and milk teeth present in the mouth it is often not worth paying to have a custom-made gumshield, as it is only likely to fit well for a short period of time. We recommend Shock Doctor mouldable gumshields, which are available from good sports shops or online.

As soon as all of your adult teeth have come through, we recommend a custom-made gumshield, which will provide the best possible protection for your teeth and jaws.

What type of gumshield should I wear if I have braces?

When wearing a brace that can be removed, you should take out your brace and wear a well-fitting gumshield whenever you take part in contact sports.

When wearing a fixed brace that cannot be removed, you should have a gumshield that fits over the top of your brace. You can purchase a gumshield from your Total Orthodontics reception that is specifically designed to fit over a fixed brace.

Alternatively, a custom-made gumshield can be made to fit over your fixed brace and allow tooth movement to occur. An imprint will need to be taken once your fixed brace has been fitted, and your gumshield will usually be ready for collection a week later.

If you would like any more information on our custom-made gumshields, contact your local Total Orthodontics practice today.

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