09 Oct Braces and sports
Braces and sports
Have your children joined the local GAA or rugby club? At Your Smile Specialist, we’re always asked: “Can my child play sports while wearing braces?” It is an important question for kids and parents. Yes – you can wear braces and play sports. The real question is how?
For braces patients playing sports, we recommend that they use an orthodontic mouthguard to protect their mouth from any potential injury. With the use of a proper orthodontic mouthguard, any contact sport can be played with braces. Even in light contact sports such as baseball, a mouthguard is a good idea to protect the smile you’re working so hard for.
What is an Orthodontic Mouthguard?
An orthodontic mouthguard is made from silicone and cushions your lips from bumping against your teeth. It also protects your brackets and softens the impact from any contact that could damage how the braces adhere to your teeth. Orthodontic mouthguards are typically larger than more common, non-orthodontic mouthguards in order to have extra space for the braces to fit.
What Happens If I Get Injured While Wearing Braces?
If you currently wear braces and get hurt while playing sports, it’s best to call your smile specialist as soon as possible. From there, we can recommend whether an emergency appointment is necessary. This is what can happen if an orthodontic mouthguard isn’t worn: broken brackets, bleeding gums, and even fractured teeth.
At Your Smile Specialist, we believe that Invisalign Teen is a safer option for teenagers playing sports. If your child plays a sport that does’t require that he or she wear a mouthguard, then your child can simply wear their Invisalign trays while practicing and playing. If your child were to wear metal braces while playing a sport, then those brackets can cause even a light bump to turn bloody if the bracket cuts the inside of your child’s mouth. Those bumps can also knock the wires and brackets that make up traditional braces loose and cause frequent emergency trips to your orthodontist to repair your child’s traditional braces.
And if your child plays a sport that needs a proper gum shield? No problem, just take the aligner out and pop in a gum shield. It’s much the safer option with no restrictions on keeping fit and healthy.
How to Choose the Right Orthodontist
If you have crooked teeth and would like to discuss your treatment options you should consult with a specialist orthodontist.
All our Smile Specialists are experts in Invisalign and all types of orthodontic treatment. We will always talk to you about all your options. We will evaluate your specific issues on your initial consultation. Creating beautiful smiles no matter how challenging is what we do!
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