It is very important that you use a mouthguard when participating in any sport or other activity that could result in an impact on the mouth or jaw e.g. rugby, hockey, boxing etc. A dentist fitted mouthguard can help prevent broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. It will remain in position whilst you are wearing it, making it easy for you to talk and breath, but most importantly, you are less likely to swallow it when suffering an impact.
I wear braces. Can I use a mouth protector?
A properly fitted mouthguard is particularly important for people who wear braces because an impact on the face could result in damage to the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouthguard also puts a soft barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries.
If you have a retainer or other removable appliance, please ensure you don’t wear it during any contact sports.