Since an injury to the face could damage orthodontic brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances, a properly fitted mouthguard is particularly important for individuals who wear braces. It acts as a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, limiting the risk of lacerations and tears.To ensure proper fit, a mouthguard is best fitted by a dental professional. There are three types of mouthguards:
- Stock mouthguards: least expensive, but offer less protection because the fit adjustment is limited.
- Boil and bite: when heated and placed in the mouth, the mouthguard molds itself to the teeth and sets.
- Custom-made: made by a dentist from a cast of the patients mouth. They are more expensive, but offer the best protection, fit and comfort.