Last Updated on June 5, 2022 by Joshua Poole
Do kids even need to wear a mouthguard while playing sports?
If you’re a parent, you probably worry about your child getting injured while they’re playing sports. You might wonder if a mouthguard is something that they need to wear while participating in contact sports like football, hockey and boxing. If so, what are the benefits of wearing one?
The answer to these questions is yes! A mouthguard can protect your teeth from being knocked out during a collision on the field or court. It will also protect against injuries to the lips, cheeks, and tongue and prevent jaw misalignment that could lead to speech problems later in life.
Mouthguards should be worn when playing any sport with the potential for impact; this includes many other team sports such as rugby or lacrosse and individual activities like skiing or martial arts.
Custom vs. over-the-counter mouthguards
A dental professional makes a custom mouthguard, and since it’s custom-made to fit the shape of your teeth, it’s more durable, comfortable and can be easier to talk and breathe with. An over-the-counter mouthguard might not fit well depending on your child’s dental structure and may be uncomfortable. Also, if you have braces, you need to consider this when choosing which type of mouthguard would work best for you.
Want to learn more about the different kinds of mouthguards? Click here to view our helpful guide explaining the differences between stock mouthguards, boil and bite mouthguards and custom-made mouthguards.
Wearing a custom mouthguard can minimise the risk of dental injuries and help protect the teeth, lips, cheeks, tongue, and jaw.
- Custom mouthguards are more expensive than over-the-counter (OTC) mouthguards.
- Custom mouthguards are more comfortable and will not slip out of place as easily as OTC versions.
- Custom mouthguards made by CHAMP Mouthguards fit better, so they are less likely to be dislodged during play or talking with other players. They also have a better chance of remaining in place if your child falls while wearing them, which often happens when playing sports!
- The benefits of using your CHAMP Mouthguards custom guards go beyond just comfort and safety; they last longer than OTC versions too! These types have been shown to last up to three times longer than the standard store-bought guards because they’re made from more durable materials like Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA).
At CHAMP Mouthguards, we understand the cost of a custom-made mouthguard can be high, particularly for kids who may quickly outgrow their custom mouthguard; that’s why we’ve created the LiteCHAMP range. We have purposefully created this affordable range of custom mouthguards that provide an intermediary level of protection for your little ones aged 4-6 years. With prices starting from $119.00 AUD, click here to view our LiteCHAMP range.
What if my child has braces? Is it safe to wear a mouthguard with braces?
Oral injuries are common when playing sports in which the mouth is frequently struck by elbows, fists or fast-moving balls or clubs. Mouthguards can help protect them from damage, mainly when braces cover the teeth.
Braces are a good investment because they can help you achieve the smile you want. It is essential to protect your mouth & braces when playing sports because there is always a possibility that someone will hit you with an elbow, fist or fast-moving ball or club. If this happens, your teeth & gums are in far greater danger as braces are sharp and will tear the inside of your lips apart. If your teeth get damaged with braces on, it is likely the neighbouring teeth will be affected as they are all connected by braces, so it’s essential to wear a custom made mouthguard during all sporting activities whilst wearing braces, even if they don’t involve contact with another player or object like balls and clubs. You should also wear a mouthguard while doing other activities that risk injury, such as skateboarding or skiing, where there isn’t another person involved. However, you still have a chance of getting hurt yourself.
Teeth can be knocked out.
If you get hit in the mouth, your braces might get knocked out of place. They can be knocked out completely, or they can be displaced from their normal position. In either case, they could chip or break, and if they get pushed into the bone around them, it’s even worse—you’ll need to see a dentist right away to make sure you aren’t bleeding inside your mouth!
Orthodontic treatment could be derailed.
If your child is playing contact sports, a mouthguard is always recommended. Mouthguards can protect braces from being damaged, but they also have downsides.
A custom-moulded mouthguard is best for protecting braces; the typical boil and bite type will not fit properly, risking damage to the braces. Moreover, these types of mouthguards can cause speech problems, breathing difficulties and bleeding gums when worn with braces. Before you choose this option, we strongly recommend you speak with your orthodontist.
Teeth can be chipped or broken.
While wearing a mouthguard can help prevent damage to your teeth and soft tissue, they are not designed to protect against other serious head injuries. A blow to the face or head can still cause you to lose teeth and suffer other injuries. Mouthguards should always be combined with protective headgear when playing contact sports.
If you wear braces, there is a risk that your braces could chip or break if they come into contact with hard objects during certain activities—such as hockey, wrestling, or football—for which they are not designed. Braces and orthodontist visits are expensive, time-consuming and painful; one knock to the face could undo all this progress, so why not protect your child’s teeth and braces with a mouthguard.
Consider a custom-made mouthguard if your child plays contact sports for extra protection.
A custom-made mouthguard can be made with a void to ensure that braces are not obstructed. This type of mouthguard is more expensive than a store-bought mouthguard, but it will ensure better protection for your child’s teeth and braces during sports activities and provide more comfort overall.
If you’re looking for an over-the-counter option, several different types might work well with braces. Before purchasing one, you should discuss the options with your dentist; they may have suggestions based on their experience working with patients who wear braces and have suffered oral injuries when participating in physical activity.
You’ve invested in your smile; let us protect that investment while playing sports by purchasing a custom-made mouthguard from CHAMP Mouthguards.