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If you are an athlete who isn’t quite sure about playing sports with braces, we are happy to help you feel more comfortable and confident in your braces while you run, shoot, dribble, throw, kick, and tackle.

Can I still play sports if I have braces?
Yes, you can definitely still play sports while you have braces. We are here to straighten and beautify your smile, and we are happy to do so while you are active. This goes for children, teens, and adults. Whether you play contact sports or you like to skateboard, snowboard, or bike, you are more than welcome to do so while you proceed through your treatment with braces.

How do I protect my smile?
It is very important to protect your smile while you are active. In order to do so, we strongly recommend the use of an orthodontic mouth guard. While you play sports, there is a high chance that your mouth will be hit by hard, forceful objects. To keep your smile and braces in tip-top shape, protect them with a mouth guard.

What is an orthodontic mouth guard?
An orthodontic mouth guard is a removable, portable, and small appliance that provides the protection you need when elbows, knees, and sports balls hit your mouth while you play sports. A guard can be made of silicone, rubber, or other protective objects, and there are many types of guards available, including boil-and-bite, custom, and stock mouth guards. However, if you want a guard that fits perfectly over your smile, call our office today and talk to your orthodontist. We are happy to help you.

What should I do if I injure my mouth while playing sports?
If you ever injure your mouth, or if you experience an oral emergency or trauma, please call our office as soon as possible. We are here to help you, no matter the situation. To prevent injury to the oral cavity, please wear a mouth guard. If you do not, your lips and cheeks can get cut up, your gums can bleed, your brackets and wires can break, and your teeth can fracture.

To learn more about braces, sports, and mouth guards, call our office today and schedule an appointment. Our orthodontic team is more than happy to talk with you and help you successfully play sports with braces!