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Are there special types of mouthguards if you have braces?

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Dr. Stephen Gordon answered

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See the Orthodontist: Typically, mouthguards are not made when a person is undergoing orthodontia (unless needed for contact sports). The purpose of braces is to move your teeth, the mouthguard, on the other hand, is made from a mold of the teeth at their current position and therefore, if worn, would not allow the teeth to move.

Answered 12/9/2013

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Dr. Gary Sandler answered

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Custom made: If you are referring to a mouth guard to protect you against injuries to your teeth while playing sports, discuss this with your orthodontist who can make you a custom mouthguard that will not interfere with you braces, but which may have to be adjusted periodically so as not to interfere with your braces or the movement of your teeth.

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

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Absolutely: Orthodontic mouth guard must protect teeth, braces, gums, lips and cheeks. It must also allow tooth movement within the confines of the retainer. Ask your orthodontic specialist for the best mouth guard for you, and wear it for all contact sports. Good question, and glad you're concerned about your personal safety.

Answered 4/15/2013

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