Protecting your smile while playing sports is essential when you have braces. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury and help prevent concussions. If you participate in sports, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard.
There are several types of mouthguards for use during orthodontic treatment. We recommend a store bought guard as your teeth are changing too rapidly for ones that are custom made. Most sporting stores carry them. Shock Doctor® makes two types of guards for use with braces that most of our patients have great success with - we prefer the style that is NOT boil-and-bite.