Can I Still Play Sports While Wearing Dental Braces?

With winter approaching and with it comes a plethora of outdoor activities, including sports. If you wear dental braces, there are certain precautions you should take. Conventional dental braces can poke and scratch at the inside of your mouth. They can also sustain damage during sports or direct contact activities. But that doesn’t mean you need to limit your activities or avoid doing the things that you love and enjoy. With the right plan in place and the right protective mouth guard, you can continue to play sports while wearing your dental braces.

How Can a Mouth Guard Help Me When I Play Sports?

A mouth guard can help prevent injury to the inside of your mouth while you engage in the activities you love. There are different kinds of mouth guards to choose from. Finding the right one is vital to provide the comfort and protection you deserve.

What Kind of Mouth Guard Should I Use?mouth guard

There are several different types of mouth guards available and each type has its advantages and disadvantages. Retail ready-to-wear models are often the most cost conservative, but there is a trade-off. Since they are not customized to fit your mouth, they may fit too loosely or too snugly. A one-size-fits-all device, whether for youth or adults, is not always the best choice to protect your precious smile.

Aside from retail mouth-guards, there are also the boil and bite variety. This type of mouth guard offers some type of customization, but it’s usually limited. The mouth guard requires that you boil it in water for several minutes and then bite down and hold for a few minutes. This creates your bite impression on the mouth guard while it’s still hot and mold-able. The problem is that if you place it in your mouth while it is too hot, you could end up burning your mouth.

One of the best types of mouth guards is the professional orthodontic mouth guard. It generally costs more than the other two types, but is of a higher quality and provides you with the best fit and comfort for the price.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Orthodontic Mouth Guards?

Much like any other type of insurance, every dental insurance policy differs from the next. To determine if your dental insurance policy will cover an orthodontic mouth guard, contact them directly for clarification.

Do you have more questions about orthodontic mouth guards? Give The Smile Institute a call today at (541) 484-1955 to schedule a consultation. We are happy to serve all your dental needs!