Braces and Sports

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If your teen is active in sports during their braces treatment, there is more potential for injury to them. We recommend mouthguards to be worn for their protection. They help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and braces.

There are two types of mouthguards to consider: A more generic, boil-and-bite type mouthguard, or one that is custom made by your dentist. You may want to check with the coach to see if they have a recommendation- In some sports, the player is only covered by league insurance if a dentist has made the mouthguard.

You should also check with the league to see if a double mouthguard is required if the player has braces on both the top and bottom teeth.

Mouthguards that are provided by dentists can be more expensive, especially given the fact that your child’s teeth are constantly shifting as their braces improve their bite. They may need multiple custom-made mouthguards throughout their braces treatment time.

If the sport doesn’t require it to be custom-made, a boil-and-bite mouthguard may suit your needs better. You can find them at most sporting good stores and some drugstores. They won’t be as expensive and you can replace them as needed.

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