Playing Sports with Braces or Aligners: What You Need to Know

If you're looking to improve your smile, you may be wondering if wearing Invisalign or braces is better for athletes. The answer is that Invisalign is a great option for athletes, but it's not enough to just remove the aligners. To ensure your safety while playing sports, you'll need to invest in a mouth guard or gum protector. This device will protect your teeth during the competition and help prevent injuries to the teeth during treatment.

Your dentist can recommend different effective products for people to use while playing sports. It's very common for adolescent patients or their parents to ask if they can continue playing sports or musical instruments after wearing braces or transparent aligners. The answer is yes, you can do your favorite activities, but you should remember the protection. Prefabricated mouth guards and boil and bite mouth guards can be purchased at most sporting goods stores, while custom-made mouth guards are specially designed by the orthodontist to provide optimal protection against oral injuries.

If you wear braces or a retainer, it's imperative that you wear a mouth guard during contact sports. Your doctor can show you how to wear a mouth guard correctly and how to choose the right mouth guard to protect your smile. If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment and what to do with braces or braces, contact your dentist. As with a retainer, braces, or any other special dental appliance, it's important to take care of the mouth guard by storing it properly and keeping it clean, as well as knowing when to replace the old mouthguard with a new one.

Talk to your orthodontist today to see if you should wear an orthodontic mouth guard to safely participate in your favorite sport. When you receive treatment with braces, you should continue to play sports or instruments with ease; you will only need some time to get used to them. The last thing you'll want to do during your teeth straightening treatment is break the aligners or clear braces. Instead, you should invest in a custom-made orthodontic mouth guard to minimize the risk of broken teeth, damage to orthodontic appliances, and deep cuts in soft tissue.

If you are concerned that braces will interfere with playing your favorite musical instruments, you should know that there may be a period when you need to get used to playing an instrument with braces. The above precautions will help you significantly reduce the risk of injury when playing sports with orthodontics. However, orthodontists strongly recommend that athletes replace their aligners with a traditional mouth guard when playing contact sports. You don't have to choose between enjoying your favorite sports or undergoing orthodontic treatment.

If your child is hit in the mouth in any way, it can damage their braces or suffer injuries to the mouth, lips, and gums. One challenge faced by patients with braces and transparent aligners is that food can be trapped underneath them. Fortunately, treatments such as Invisalign and braces should not affect the ability to play sports if appropriate precautions are taken. Unlike orthodontic appliances, there is a chance that aligners may be lost since they must be removed before eating or drinking anything other than water.

Whether you have braces or Invisalign, it's critical that you take certain precautions to keep your treatment on track, especially when it comes to staying active.

Callie Bawcombe
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