Can I use Invisalign like a mouth guard for sports?
I’m in my 2nd year of high school football and I am thinking about getting Invisalign instead of braces. I am thinking that it can serve a double purpose of getting my teeth straight and being a mouth guard during practice and games. My mom told me it costs too much and she doesn’t want me losing the trays on the field. I only get so many replacement pairs if I lose them. Can I use Invisalign as a mouth guard? Is enough to protect my mouth and teeth or do I need a mouth guard on top of the trays? Thanks Hunter
Invisalign trays are not designed to protect teeth like an athletic mouth guard.
A mouth guard cushions the impact to your mouth, but Invisalign does not. If you wear Invisalign on the field while you play you might easily lose the aligners. But if you experience a flow to your face, you are still at risk of injuring your teeth, tongue, or gums. The aligners are designed to straighten your teeth, not to protect them from injury while you play sports.
Invisalign needs to be worn all day, every day. You regularly take them out to eat and brush your teeth, but you will also need to remove them while you wear a mouth guard. A customized mouth guard will need to be made to protect your teeth, but you won’t wear Invisalign and a mouth guard at the same time. Speak with your dentist about how long your practice sessions and games are. Extended periods without your aligners will lengthen your treatment time. So be diligent about putting the aligners back in when you aren’t wearing a mouth guard. Be sure to store them in a case so they remain clean and won’t get damaged.
Schedule a consultation with an experienced Invisalign provider. Be sure to let the dentist know about the sports you participate in and how long you have to be without your mouth guard. The dentist will let you know your options, how to protect your teeth with a customized mouth guard, how to protect your investment in Invisalign, and what you can expect in terms of treatment time.
This post is sponsored by Atlanta cosmetic dentist Dr. Debra Gray King of Atlanta.