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Protect your smile! If you play sports, it’s essential that you wear a mouthguard when you’re on the field or court.

Studies by the American Dental Association show that sports players who don’t use mouthguards have more than twice the increased risk of injury to the face and jaw bones! 

When should you wear a mouthguard?

The best time to wear a mouthguard is any time you’re playing sports. Whether it’s a practice or a game, or you’re just throwing/kicking the ball around with some friends, wear your mouthguard just in case.  You won’t regret wearing your mouthguard, but you can certainly regret not wearing your mouthguard.

Types of mouthguards

There are different types of mouthguards, including stock mouthguards, boil-and-bite mouthguards, and custom-fitted mouthguards.

Stock Mouthguards

Stock mouthguards are one-size-fits-all mouthguards that are relatively easy to put in place and take out, but these are relatively bulkier and are the least protective type of mouthguard. To wear a stock mouthguard, you simply pop it in place. No molding necessary! 

Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards

Boil-and-bite mouthguards require you to bite into the mouthguard to mold it to your smile. Please be advised these are NOT for Orthodontic patients. Boil-and-bite mouthguards can stick to your brackets and pull them off, requiring an emergency visit to repair your braces.  This type can also prevent your teeth from moving since they are molded to your teeth and will not allow your braces to do their job.

Orthodontic Mouthguards

Orthodontic mouthguards are the most comfortable mouthguards! These cover both upper and lower teeth, offering full-protection for your teeth and braces. This type of mouthguard is specially-designed for ortho smiles! So they will not adhere to your teeth or brackets, allowing your braces to continue to work and helping protect your budding smile from a traumatic dentofacial injury.

How to Wear a Mouthguard with Braces or Clear Aligners

If you have braces, you’ll place your mouthguard in before you start playing. 

  • Rinse your mouthguard out after your game or practice.
  • Clean it with an antibacterial soap or soak it in a cleaning solution. 
  • Clean your case too, then wait until your case and mouthguard air dry. 
  • Store your mouthguard in its case, back in your cabinet or drawer until your next practice.

If you have clear aligners,

  • Remove your clear aligners before your game or practice, rinse them out and place them in your Invisalign carrying case. 
  • Place your mouthguard in your mouth and score some touchdowns.
  • When you’re done, rinse your mouthguard out, clean it, and place it back in your case. 
  • Clean your clear aligners, pop them back in your mouth and continue transforming your smile!

Need a mouthguard?

Let us know on your next visit! Dr. Battle can help you make the best decision for your smile. We’ll help you choose the right mouthguard and discuss proper wear and care.


We’re here to answer your questions, and we want you to know your options! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time.

Ready to get started? Request your complimentary consultation at our convenient Winter Springs or Waterford Lakes orthodontist office in Orlando today!