Can You Still Play Sports With Braces?

Spring has arrived, the weather is warming up and more people are going outside to exercise and play their favorite sports. Whether it is baseball, soccer or mountain biking, a person who wears braces might wonder if they should be playing sports. The answer is yes. Both children and adults who use braces Gilbert services can participate in sports as long they protect their mouths while doing so.

Protecting a Smile
A bright, perfect smile is something that many people work hard to achieve. In order to protect it during sports, it is recommended that the patient wear a mouthguard. It should be considered as a part of the overall orthodontic treatment. The mouthguard will protect the teeth from any possible injury while engaging in contact sports. Even if the particular activity will have little to no contact, a mouthguard is still a good precautionary measure.

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What an Orthodontic Mouthguard Does
An orthodontic mouthguard is a protective device that is designed perfectly to fit a person's mouth and teeth. Made from silicone, it provides a cushion between the lips and teeth to prevent them from impacting one another, which could affect the position of the braces. This type of mouthguard is made in a larger size than a typical device in order to accommodate the braces, but it is still very comfortable to wear. It should be noted that inexpensive, "boil-and-bite" mouthguards should not be used with braces because when the teeth begin to move, the device will no longer fit.

Injury While Wearing Braces
When a sports injury occurs to someone wearing braces, the orthodontist's office should be contacted immediately to determine if an emergency appointment is needed. A blow to the mouth can result in bleeding gums, broken brackets and even fractured teeth, which is a very serious condition. Even if there does not appear to be any obvious damage, it is still a good idea to have the mouth examined to ensure the braces are intact, and the treatment can continue as planned.

Wearing braces does not mean a person must give up sports and having fun outside. Using an orthodontic mouthguard to cushion the teeth will protect against injury while preserving a healthy, beautiful smile.

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