Protect Your Braces When Playing Sports: An Expert's Guide

Playing sports with braces can be a daunting prospect, but it doesn't have to be. With the right precautions, you can protect your teeth, mouth, and braces while playing sports. Board-certified orthodontist and American Board of Orthodontics graduate, Dr. Charles Gemmi, has been a practicing orthodontist at Orthodontics Limited since 2000 and is a member of the teaching staff at Einstein Medical Center.

He recommends that you wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth and braces while practicing or playing a game. Mouth guards come in a variety of colors and can even be customized with your logo. Some companies even sell flavored mouthguards in flavors like gum and strawberry. This can make them more appealing to children who are getting used to what they feel in their mouth.

The best way to protect your teeth, mouth, and braces while you are physically active is to wear a mouth guard. While we strongly recommend that our patients invest in an orthodontic model, even a basic mouth guard will help prevent things such as bleeding gums, broken brackets, or possible tooth fracture. This is especially true when you regularly play a sport that includes contact, such as soccer, wrestling, soccer, basketball and hockey. In addition to wearing a mouth guard, it's important to be aware of the risks associated with playing sports with braces. Braces can cut the inside of the mouth during a collision, and the components themselves can be damaged, including bent wires and broken braces.

If you know that braces are in your near future, or if you are currently an Unger Orthodontics patient, you may be worried about what the next few months will bring. For students who play sports with braces, it's worth investing in an orthodontic mouth guard. Orthodontic mouth guards are different in that they provide a little more space than regular mouth guards while providing the same level of protection. They are specifically designed for use with braces and are made of high-quality silicone that will help cushion the lips. Remember that the best way to protect your teeth, mouth, and braces while playing sports is to wear a mouth guard. Every year we see a series of injuries typical of athletes who wear braces, such as lacerations to the cheeks, lips and tongue, chipped or broken teeth, and root fractures.

Professionals from Dwight Howard to Venus Williams are proof that straightening your smile doesn't have to mean hanging up your shirt - but you have to be careful with braces so as not to damage them or injure your teeth or mouth. Mouthguards are easy to find, easy to use, and highly effective - making them an excellent choice for athletes who want to prevent damage and injuries to their braces and in their mouth. Investing in an orthodontic model is the best way to ensure maximum protection for your teeth and braces while playing sports.

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