Are mouthguards worn over braces?
When you have fixed braces, you’ll have to wear a custom-made mouthguard to fit the mould of the brackets on your braces to ensure maximum protection. These will likely be crafted from medical-grade silicone or a similar material that will adapt to changes to your mouth structure, allowing you to remain safe while your teeth are straightened.
Our orthodontics team will be happy to guide you through the process of getting a mouthguard made. They’ll let you know how best to use one while playing sports, and when you’ll need to schedule a future appointment to get a new mouthguard made as your bite pattern straightens.
Once you receive your mouthguard, your orthodontist will be able to mould it to fit your braces perfectly. At future appointments, you’ll be able to get your mouthguard refitted. This will allow it to stay comfortable in your mouth, even when your teeth have started moving into their straighter position.
If you’ve opted for Invisalign treatment at Total Orthodontics, you should remove your clear retainers while partaking in sports - just as you would while eating. However, you should ask your orthodontists about options for suitable mouthguards to keep yourself protected, as you don’t want to injure your teeth regardless! The same applies to those wearing retainers following their fixed braces being removed.
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