Your braces are designed to realign your teeth for a healthier mouth and a winning smile. While your braces are rather durable, they are not designed to handle an unprotected blow to the face, such as that from contact sports. If a blow causes some part of your braces hardware to be knocked loose, bent or damage, it will likely increase the time it takes to realign your teeth.
Buying a generic mouth guard which you mold yourself may be a good option for you. There are many manufacturers of mouth guards that make wider versions for those wearing braces, many of which also produce specialized double mouth guards that are either flexible or boil-and-bite. Dr. Joseph Wilson and Dr. Daniel Cowley can also provide recommendations on the best style and brands to use.
Also, if you experience damage to your braces and a sharp point is threatening to injury your cheek or gums, you can secure it inside of orthodontic wax or a piece of pencil eraser.
If you have questions about how to take care of your braces or protect your mouth during sports, you can call Orthodontics, Inc. in Farmington, New Mexico at (505) 325-8858 to set up an appointment. We are here to help your orthodontic experience to be a pleasant one!