West Airdrie Dentist Answers: Can you wear a mouth guard with braces?

Yes. And with braces, you definitely should!

An injury to the face is something everyone wants to avoid. In fact, a recent study showed that 84% of kids are involved in some sort of active sport each year. However, a mouth injury to someone wearing braces is more than just a typical injury.

Brackets can come loose and become a choking hazard. The edges of the brackets can cut the inside of the lips and gums, causing additional injury.

Did you know that there are nearly 5,000,000 sports-related tooth losses each year? The American Dental Association believes that mouth guards can prevent at least 200,000 of those losses from happening.

It’s not just kids losing teeth during sports play, either! In fact, most tooth loss in people under 35 years of age is caused by athletic trauma, fights or accidents.

Not to mention that athletes are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth when not wearing a mouth guard during athletic activities.

A good deal of the protection from a mouth guard comes from the type of guard you’re wearing as well. If you have questions about which one would be most helpful to wear with the sport you participate in, we can help!

There are typically 3 types of mouth guards you’ll see:

“Stock” mouth guards and the “boil and fit” mouth guards are both available at most big box retailers and drug stores. However, these are not recommended for anyone with braces as they are often ill-fitting even without brackets. A mouth guard that doesn’t fit well can cut up the cheeks and fall out (defeating the purpose of wearing them).

A custom fit mouth guard is your 3rd and often best choice, especially with braces. Simply schedule an appointment and play your chosen sport with confidence! We find that a custom mouth guard made to fit your child is a better choice in the long run when you consider the cost of fixing a broken tooth or all of the time and effort you’ve put into getting braces for your child!

Did you know that we can put custom prints on your child’s mouth guard? What better way to encourage use than with their favorite sports team, child’s initials, or anything else that shows your child’s outgoing personality! Of course, in the end it doesn’t matter which option you choose for a mouth guard if your child doesn’t wear it during practice and games!

Give your West Airdrie Dental Clinic a call and let’s discuss which mouth guards will be best for the sport you want to play! That’s 587-317-7713 (New Patients) or 403-980-0404 (Existing Patients)