Yes, you can absolutely fit your SISU® with braces. In fact, if you are using the dentist prescribed guard now, you will appreciate the difference. But before you run for the bowl of hot water, we want to take you through the steps of fitting the guard with braces. There is a bit of a learning curve, so please make sure to read through the rules below to help you with your fitting:
1. USE THE RIGHT SIZE
2. YOU MUST USE A BARRIER BETWEEN THE BRACKETS AND THE GUARD
When submerged in hot water, the hard polymer SISU is made of will become soft and pliable. In this state, the mouth guard can bond with the dental brackets or any other polymer in your mouth. To prevent it, you should use a wax or foil barrier between the guard and the brackets. The good news is that you should only use the barrier during the fitting process. Once fitted, you can wear the guard right over the braces during games or practices.
3. YOU SHOULD WORK WITH YOUR DENTAL PROFESSIONAL
Braces are an investment in time and money, so you want to do it right. During critical times when your teeth are undergoing rigorous adjustments, your orthodontist may recommend an alternative solution, so not to hinder the progress of your treatment. Work with your dental professional to help you fit, and re-fit, your SISU when you come in for your adjustments.
4. AS YOUR TEETH SHIFT, YOU SHOULD REFIT THE GUARD
As your teeth shift during the orthodontic treatment, the mouthguard should be adjusted to fit your new shape. The guard is remoldable for up to 20 times, so you can continue using it, as your teeth shift and move. Simply bring it with you for each adjustment and it can be re-fitted right in the office with a bit of hot water (and the barrier). No impressions required!
If you have any questions about SISU or the fitting process. please reach out to us. You can type your question into the chat window on the fitting page, call us at (800) 444-0570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also recommend that, no matter your child's age, all athletes use an adult-sized SISU mouthguard whenever wearing braces in order to ensure proper fit.
Dr. Cynthia Fee is one of our all-star doctors here at SISU. She has kindly allowed us to film the fitting process. Please watch the video below and share it with your orthodontist or download and print the list of bullet points to take to your next fitting.
Click below to download a PDF version of Dr. Fee’s letter:Download PDF