Uses for Braces Mouthguard
By Kellyn Hodges on November 26, 2013
At the practice of orthodontist Kellyn Hodges in Philadelphia, braces mouthguard technology allows patients who are wearing braces to protect their teeth, gums, and soft tissues of the mouth while playing sports and participating in other activities. There are other possible uses for braces mouthguards, as well. If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces, or if you plan to in the future, a custom-fit braces mouthguard may be an important part of your treatment plan.
What Are Braces Mouthguards?
Braces mouthguards are mouthguards made especially to be worn over traditional metal braces. They are made of pliable materials and are able to adapt to changes in the positioning of teeth over the course of orthodontic treatment. While there are braces mouthguards that can be made to fit by the wearer, Dr. Hodges suggests that her patients seek her assistance in ensuring the most comfortable possible fit.
Uses for Braces Mouthguards
Braces mouthguards can be used in a variety of applications, including:
- Athletics: Especially in contact sports, mouthguards are a necessity. For braces wearers, however, generic, over-the-counter mouthguards may not only be ineffective, but may also interfere with orthodontic treatment. Mouthguards designed for use with braces will protect the mouth and the teeth and allow for excellent breathing and proper drainage while fitting comfortably and absorbing shock. Braces mouthguards are particularly important for those who participate in football, soccer, boxing, wrestling, basketball, and other sports in which the mouth and teeth are vulnerable to impact.
- Nighttime wear: For braces wearers who grind or clench their teeth at night, braces mouthguards can help to prevent damage and wear. Bruxism, or the grinding of teeth, can have an adverse effect on the movement of teeth. A braces mouthguard can help to prevent bruxism and lead to a more comfortable night’s sleep.
- General comfort: Traditional metal braces can cause the soft tissues of the mouth to become sore and can even cut these sensitive tissues. Wearing a braces mouthguard, especially around the house between meals, can help to protect the soft tissues and make orthodontic treatment a more comfortable overall experience.
How Dr. Hodges Can Help You with Your Braces Mouthguard
Because braces mouthguards are made of extremely pliable materials, it is important that there be some kind of barrier between the mouthguard and the metal brackets to prevent bonding. Dr. Hodges can provide this barrier while helping to ensure that the mouthguard fits properly and comfortably. She can also make adjustments to the mouthguard as necessary to accommodate the teeth as the move toward their new positions within the mouth. At every stage, she can answer any questions you might have about your mouthguard and provide you with guidance so that you receive the greatest benefit from the mouthguard without interfering with the progress of your braces treatment.
Learn More about Braces Mouthguards
To learn more about braces mouthguards, or to schedule your orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Kellyn Hodges, please contact our practice today. We’d be happy to assist you in any way we can!