Mouthguards have saved many people from broken/lost teeth when playing sports, and they also have protected people suffering from bruxism (teeth grinding). But what about people wearing braces? Can they use mouthguards?
Mouthguards Can Be Worn Over Braces
It is important to remember that braces are not protection for your teeth- rather they are designed to slowly align teeth into the desired position. This means that blows to the mouth have about the same chance of injury with braces as without braces. It is important to protect your mouth during activities where there is a high risk of oral injuries such as sports- especially ones involving contact such as American football.
This also applies to bruxism patients; braces won't provide any protection against the consequences that grinding your teeth bring. If you need a mouthguard- wear it! You can find off-the-shelf mouthguards at many chain drug stores, or you can have one custom-fitted. But which one should you go for? You might have questions on which one is the best option.
Should You Get A Custom Mouthguard?
You might be wondering if it is worth it to go through the extra effort of getting a custom-made mouthguard over an off-the-shelf one. The answer is yes if you are frequently using a mouthguard. The ones you buy at the store are a ™one size fits all™ scenario, even when separated into sizes. Everyone's mouth is different and thus a store-bought mouthguard will not sit on your teeth as comfortably as a custom-fitted one. You will definitely notice the difference when it comes to comfort and utility!
If you are interested in getting a custom mouthguard for whatever your needs are, we are here to help. You can call us with the number provided and schedule an appointment, from there we will be able to get you a functional, comfortable mouthguard.
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We are conveniently located on Gunbarrel Road in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and on Taft Highway on Signal Mountain.