Hooray! It is possible to have braces without putting your favourite sport on hold. But we need to take some special precautions…
There are three types of mouthguards which can be used, ideally a custom made mouthguard from your dentist will provide the most protection.
Premade Mouthguards. These usually cover your upper and lower teeth. They are usually a standard single size and often, some adjustment of these mouthguards may be required to make it more comfortable. They are often more looser fitting than the other 2 types of mouthguards below and are for use in sports where there is a low risk of contact during sport. You need to keep your teeth biting to wear the mouthguard comfortably. You can purchase this from our practice for approximately $50. See the image below:
Store bought Mouthguards. These can usually be purchased from Rebel or a well stocked chemist. Make sure you select the ‘orthodontic mouthguard’ to be sure it fits more comfortably.
Custom made mouthguards: These offer the highest level of protection and is the recommended choice for patients in a moderate-high contact during sport ie: netball, basketball, football. A customized mould of the teeth with braces is required. If your child/teenager has a large overbite or severe crowding, a new mouthguard may be required midway during orthodontic treatment due to the ongoing bite changes.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly staff on the number at the top of the page 🙂