Playing Sports with Braces: Knowing How to Protect Your Smile

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Braces are great orthodontic appliances that slowly transform your smile into the smile you have always wanted. With this orthodontic treatment, many people are nervous about playing sports and having their smile covered in brackets and wires. Well, if you are one of these people, we are happy to help you feel better about playing sports while having braces.

Can I still play sports if I have braces?
This question is not only important to children and teens, but it’s also important to adults. We understand that sports are a big part of people’s lives, and we’re not here to take that away from you. We’re here to give you the smile of your dreams, and you’re more than welcome to play sports throughout the process. So the answer to your question is yes. Yes, you can play sports with braces, and no, your braces will not cause you any trouble while you are active.

How do I protect my smile?
While you are playing sports, there is a high chance that hard, forceful objects will hit your mouth, which is why it is very important to wear a mouth guard. Whether you are a basketball player, gymnast, soccer player, biker, skateboarder, etc., wearing a mouth guard is a smart thing to do.

What is an orthodontic mouth guard?
An orthodontic mouth guard is a small, portable, and removable appliance that is generally made of silicone, rubber, or other protective materials. It is meant to fit tightly over your teeth and braces to give you the protection you need when sports balls, elbows, and knees hit your oral cavity. There are many mouth guards available today, including boil-and-bite, custom, and stock mouth guards, but if you want a guard that fits perfectly over your smile, call our office today and schedule an appointment with your dentist. We are happy to custom make a mouth guard that successfully protects your smile.

What happens if my mouth is injured while wearing braces?
If you ever experience an emergency or trauma, please call our office as soon as possible. To prevent injury, we strongly recommend wearing a mouth guard while you play sports. If you do not, your brackets can break, your gums can bleed, and your teeth can fracture. Not only will you experience throbbing pain, but you will also have a broken, unattractive smile.

If you would like to learn more about playing sports with braces, we invite you to give our office a call. We are happy to help you love your braces, even while you are playing sports!