I Play a Sport That Uses a Mouthguard. Can I Still Play When I Get Braces?

Dr. Ingrid Barillas and Dr. Rodolfo Sanchez of Dental Specialists of New York are each a specialized orthodontist in Midtown Manhattan NYC who recommend that their patients who play sports wear a mouthguard so that their braces stay protected during their activity. Dr. Barillas and Dr. Rodolfo Sanchez believe that it is important for all their patients who live in or work near Midtown Manhattan NYC to know exactly what mouthguards do and why they are important. Active patients can focus then on their game and also stay on schedule with their orthodontic treatment in Midtown, Manhattan NYC. The team at Dental Specialists of New York treats all their patients with the care and consistency that their lifestyle demands while ensuring the best possible treatment outcomes.

What do mouthguards do?

Mouthguards help prevent players from chipping or losing teeth when sports or physical activities get rough. Many sports teams and leagues (football, lacrosse, and ice hockey) require mouthguards because they help keep the players’ teeth and mouth safe during a game or practice. When a patient has braces, mouthguards are even more important so the braces stay intact and do not break.

What are the different types of mouthguards available for those with braces?

There are three main kinds of mouthguards which all can be used by patients with braces in Midtown, NYC. These three kinds of mouthguards are:

Stock Mouthguards

Stock mouthguards are inexpensive, come ready to wear, and can be bought at most sporting goods stores. They offer the least amount of protection for patient’s teeth and braces. Some patients find them bulky and that they make talking and breathing difficult.

Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards

Boil-and-bite mouthguards mold to the player’s teeth and gums. To get a custom fit, a patient would boil the mouthguard in hot water to soften the thermoplastic material. The patient then bites down on the warm, softened mouthguard to mold it perfectly to fit their teeth and braces. Boil-and-bite mouthguards can be found at most sporting goods stores and, although they are a little more expensive than stock mouthguards, they are not overly expensive.

Orthodontic Mouthguards

Orthodontic mouthguards are available only by an expert orthodontist in Midtown Manhattan NYC, much like Dr. Barillas or Dr. Sanchez. They offer the most comfort and protection of any of these types of mouthguards.


Dr. Ingrid Barillas, Dr. Rodolfo Sanchez, and the team at Dental Specialists of New York are expert orthodontists. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, or an orthodontist in Midtown Manhattan NYC, NYC, Upper East Side Manhattan, 10155 zip code area, Midtown East NYC, Sunset Park NY, Park Slope NY, or would like to schedule a complementary consultation with Dr. Barillas or Dr. Sanchez, contact Dental Specialists of New York at: (212) 661-2192.

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