Playing Sports with Braces? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Are you an athlete? Do you have braces? If so, there is no need to worry! We are here to help you feel comfortable and confident while you play sports with braces.

Can I still play sports if I have braces?
Yes, you can definitely still play sports while you have braces, no matter if you’re a child, teen, or adult. Sports are a big part of people’s lives, and we aren’t here to take that away from you. We are here to give you the smile of your dreams, and you are more than welcome to stay active while you proceed through your treatment.

How do I protect my smile?
It is very important to protect your smile while you are playing sports. In order to successfully protect your teeth and braces, we strongly recommend wearing a mouth guard. If you are active in contact sports or activities, even skateboarding and biking, wearing a mouth guard would be the best choice you will make for your smile.

What is an orthodontic mouth guard?
An orthodontic mouth guard is a portable, small, and removable appliance that fits tightly over your teeth and braces. This appliance can be made of silicone, rubber, or other protective materials and it can shield your teeth from the hard and forceful objects that hit them. There are many different guards available in the world today, including boil-and-bite, stock, and custom mouth guards, but if you want a mouth guard that fits perfectly with your smile, call our office today and talk to your orthodontist.

What should I do if I injure my mouth while playing sports?
If you ever experience an oral emergency, trauma, or injury, we ask that you call our office as soon as possible. We are here to help you, no matter the situation. To prevent injuries or accidents to your oral cavity, we strongly recommend wearing a mouth guard while you play sports. If you don’t, your cheeks and lips can get cut up, your gums can bleed, your teeth can fracture, and your brackets and wires can break.

If you would like to talk to your orthodontist about playing sports with braces, call our office today and schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!