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Are you an athlete who has a smile filled with metal brackets and wires? If so, we are here to help you feel more comfortable and confident in playing sports with braces!

Can I still play sports if I have braces?
Yes, you can most definitely play sports as you go through the orthodontic treatment with braces, even if you’re a child, teen, or adult. You also don’t need to worry about the braces getting in your way. Whether you play basketball, soccer, tennis, football, rugby, etc., you are welcome to play while your smile transforms and changes.

How do I protect my smile?
While you play sports, it is very important to protect your smile with an orthodontic mouth guard. As you run, jump, shoot, kick, and play, there is a high chance that hard, forceful objects will hit your teeth. To keep your teeth and braces in tip-top shape, it is best to wear a mouth guard while you are active.

What is an orthodontic mouth guard?
An orthodontic mouth guard is a reliable and protective appliance that fits tightly over your teeth and braces. Some mouth guards are made of rubber, silicone, and other protective products, and they are meant to shield your smile from the sports balls, elbows, and knees that might hit it. There are many different choices of mouth guards that can help you, including boil-and-bite, custom, and stock mouth guards, but if you want a guard that is made for your smile only, call our office today and schedule an appointment with our orthodontist.

What should I do if I injure my mouth while playing sports?
If you ever injure your smile while you are playing sports, please call our office as soon as possible. We are happy to examine your oral cavity and braces and see what we can do to quickly restore your smile, no matter the situation. To prevent injury, please wear a mouth guard. If you do not, your cheeks and lips can get cut up, your gums can bleed, your brackets and wires can break, and your teeth can fracture.

For more tips about playing sports with braces, call our office today and talk to a member of our team. We are thrilled to help you have the best experience possible with braces!