Getting braces can be a major addition in the life of a pre-teen or teenager. It is not at all easy to be comfortable with the feeling of having something in your mouth most of the time. Braces require extra time and energy to keep your mouth clean, and you have to bear the discomforts caused by dental adjustments. And if you are active in sports, there are some additional factors that you need to be careful about. For instance, while wearing braces, chances of injuring yourself or others become higher, so you should wear mouthguards for protection.
What type of mouthguard should you wear with braces?
Before getting a mouthguard, consult with the coach or instructor of the sports you play. They can give you better guidance on what type of mouthguard would best suit you. Also, check if you need a double mouthguard. Sports such as wrestling require you to cover both upper and lower teeth with a mouthguard if you wear braces on both. If you know exactly what type of braces you need, it will save you time and money with the dentist. And you can get back on the field immediately.
You can easily find boil-and-bite mouthguards in most of the drugstores, and they are not so expensive. Instead of coming in many sizes, it is available in only one size that you can customize to fit your teeth. As the name suggests, you need to boil the mouthguard in water until it becomes soft, then place it over your front teeth and bite it. For a perfect fitting, carefully follow the instructions that come with it.
Custom-made mouthguards are molded by the dentist to fit your teeth perfectly and are much more comfortable. But they can be costly when compared to other options. Therefore, if the sport doesn’t need it, go for a boil-and-bite mouthguard.
For more information regarding the mouthguards for braces, call Bayside Dental and Orthodontics at 979-330-4113.