Should My Child Use a Mouthguard with Braces? What Type?

By April 7, 2017 July 7th, 2017 Blog, FAQ's, Life with Braces
mouthguard with braces

Courtesy American Association of Orthodontists

The short answer is: Yes! Make sure your child always wears a mouthguard with braces while playing sports. April is National Facial Protection Month, and spring sports are in full swing in St. Louis County schools—with summer sports just around the corner! If your kids play contact sports like softball, baseball, tennis, or lacrosse—and especially if they wear braces—protective gear is absolutely essential. Take a few moments to educate yourself on the importance of mouthguards, the different types of mouthguards available, and how to protect your kids from mouth injuries.

Why Use a Mouthguard with Braces?

Mouthguards are a very effective way to prevent sports-related injuries to the face, mouth, and teeth. If you have braces, remember to always wear a mouthguard. Check out our previous post for more detailed info on Why Mouthguards Are So Important.

Types of Mouthguards

If you are a parent, you may be wondering, “What type of mouthguard should I buy for my kid?” There are three basic types available: pre-made, “boil-and-bite,” and custom-made. Custom-made mouthguards are specially designed by your child’s orthodontist or general dentist to provide optimal protection after the braces are removed. While your child is in treatment, you want a mouthguard that doesn’t fit tightly around the teeth so that the teeth can move into alignment with the braces. At Dougherty Orthodontics, we provide orthodontic mouthguards for our patients in braces. Dr. Dougherty will show your child how to wear his or her mouthguard properly.

More Info on How to Prevent Sports Injuries

National Facial Protection Month is sponsored by the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Association of Orthodontists. Visit their websites for more info on treating and preventing sports-related injuries to the face and head.

As a member of the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), Dr. Dougherty encourages your kids and their teammates to wear mouthguards and other protective gear—such as helmets, face guards, and protective eyewear—when playing organized and recreational sports.

Have questions about wearing mouthguards with braces? Think your child may benefit from orthodontic treatment? Contact us. Call our office at 636.825.1000 or email to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dougherty.