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Playing sports with Braces: What you need to know

It’s a no-brainer that many young people enjoy watching and participating in sports activities. However, for some of them with braces, their parents are concerned about them playing sports while they have their braces on. The question that always comes up when kids with braces try to participate in sports is, “Are there any limitations or sports that my child can’t participate in?” The simple truth is your kid can play any sport during their orthodontic treatment with braces. However, the only issue is to protect and be careful with their lips and teeth from injury.

While non-contact activities like bike riding and playing Frisbee might not be an issue, contact sports are of the most concern. It makes sense to protect your investment in orthodontic work and also try to stay safe.

How do I protect my smile?

While you play sports, hard, forceful objects might hit you in the face or worst your mouth, and this is the reason why you need to protect your braces with an orthodontic mouth guard, whether you are a basketball player, gymnast, skateboarder, soccer player, biker, etc.

What is an orthodontic mouth guard?

An orthodontic mouth guard is made of silicone, rubber, and other protective materials molding into a small, removable, and portable appliance. A mouth guard is designed to fit whatever type of teeth with braces and provide the protection needed for any hit towards your mouth. Due to technology advancement, you can find different types of mouth guards available on the market today, and some of them are boil-and-bite, custom, and stock mouth guards. But, if you want the one that will fit perfectly without any issue you can contact us today and schedule an appointment.

Keep coaches in the loop

Besides the fact that you need to request for an orthodontic mouth guard you also need to make sure that your child coach is aware of the situation. Let him know you are getting braces and ask if they have any recommendations for your safety. Make sure you check with each of your coaches if you play multiple sports. You may need slightly different protection for each sport.

What happens if my mouth is injured while wearing braces?

Contact us as soon you can if you ever experience an oral injury while in orthodontic treatment. This is why a mouth guard while you play sports is recommended to keep your mouth from being injured.

Want to learn more? Give us a call or visit us, as we are always available and happy to help you feel comfortable while you play the sports you love!

2018-12-27T20:14:39+00:00May 9th, 2018|Orthodontics|0 Comments