A very common concern regarding braces is if undergoing orthodontic treatment will prevent children from playing sports. Student-athletes and parents often worry if they will need to avoid sports for fear of getting a mouth injury on the field or on the court. We understand that school sports are a big part of after-school activities, so life with braces should not get in the way of that.
You shouldn’t have to choose between playing a sport and getting braces. Furthermore, there are precautions that you can take to ensure your teeth, mouth, and braces stay safe and protected. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can protect your braces and your smile.
Can I Play Sports with Braces?
Kids and teens can absolutely play sports while wearing braces. While injuries can happen at any time when playing sports, protecting your mouth and teeth during physical activity is especially important when you have braces. In addition, an increased risk of oral injuries can occur if you are hit by another player or a ball.
In general, sustaining damage to the mouth is far from life-threatening. However, in some cases, it can be painful, cause serious harm, and be costly to fix. Because of this, a mouthguard is recommended as one of the best ways to protect your teeth and braces any time you play sports.
Will an Orthodontic Mouthguard Help?
A mouthguard, or more specifically, an orthodontic mouthguard, is a great way to protect your mouth against hits that cause broken brackets, bleeding gums, and even fractured teeth. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you can lower the chances of damage almost twofold by wearing the right mouthguard.
Orthodontic mouthguards are different in that they provide a little more room than regular mouthguards while providing the same level of protection. Additionally, the extra width in the orthodontic mouthguard should fit comfortably while covering your braces, teeth, and gums. In some cases, you can purchase over-the-counter mouthguards. Otherwise, your doctor may offer a more comfortable custom-fit mouthguard.
Are There Alternative Orthodontic Treatment Options?
If you decide traditional braces aren’t right for you, don’t worry. There are plenty of alternative options that you can discuss further with your doctor, such as:
What Should I Do if I am Injured?
It’s important that you take care of the injury as soon as possible if your mouth takes a hit while you are wearing braces. Falling or being hit can greatly damage your teeth and braces. For that reason, you should call your orthodontist immediately to assess your situation and determine if an emergency appointment is needed.
Prepare Your Child for Playing Sports with Braces
Injuries of any kind can delay or negatively impact not only your orthodontic treatment but your overall health. Be prepared for your upcoming school or club sports this spring by visiting your local orthodontist. Moles & Ferri Orthodontic Specialist has locations in Milwaukee, Racine, and Brookfield. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.