If your child is participating in organized sports or other recreational activities, a mouthguard (or sports guard) is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of his or her standard equipment.
However, if you don’t get a custom-fitted mouthguard, you should still consider wearing a stock mouthguard or a boil-and-bite mouthguard from the drugstore.
A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouthguard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries.
Mouthguards are a great way to prevent dental emergencies from occurring. To learn what to do in case of a dental emergency, click here.