Mouthguards are essential when you are playing some types of sports, especially if that sport involves contact. Making sure your teeth are safe and protected from any injury will help you avoid a lot of the unnecessary dental issues that could happen if you do not protect them.
A serious blow to the mouth can cause great dental damage, not only to your oral health but also to the time and costs needed to repair and restore your teeth.
But, what if you are wearing Invisalign? Can you wear a mouthguard too?
What Are Mouthguards?
Mouthguards are dental devices that cover your teeth. They are used to protect your teeth during sports, especially in the case of contact sports. Their goal is to protect your teeth from any injuries that can result from that activity.
You can have custom-made mouthguards that perfectly fit your teeth and gums, but you can also buy them over the counter.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment used to straighten your teeth in cases of mild to moderate overbites, crossbites, gapped teeth, or misaligned teeth.
Invisalign is the transparent version of metal braces. They are a popular choice not only because they are transparent, but also because it can be more comfortable to wear them.
One of the advantages of wearing Invisalign is that they can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth. You will have to wear them every day for 20 to 22 hours until your teeth have reached the desired alignment.
Can You Wear a Mouthguard with Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment is composed of trays that are designed to fit perfectly over your teeth in a way that creates pressure and moves them to the correct position.
Mouthguards are also designed to fit your teeth and can be fitted in a way that provides protection and cushion so that it prevents dental injuries.
Wearing a mouthguard over your Invisalign can be uncomfortable, impractical, and even bulky.
But keep in mind that Invisalign can be taken out for a few hours a day. So, if you want to wear a mouthguard you can take them out and wear just the mouthguard.
Wearing both of them at the same time might not be the best idea.
As long as you keep your Invisalign on for 20 to 22 hours per day, it should be no problem if you take them out to wear a mouthguard, without affecting the progress of your treatment.
Either way, you can always ask your orthodontist about your options and see if you need to wear a mouthguard during orthodontic treatment.
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