Braces don’t hold you back from doing the sports or physical activities you love! Fortunately, braces will not keep you from any sport or physical activity. However, braces are an investment in getting your best smile, so you have to take a little extra special care of your teeth while in treatment. To be sure you’re doing everything you can to protect your mouth during athletic activities, be sure to read on for some advice from Dr. Laurie McNamara McClatchey and Dr. James A. McNamara at McNamara Orthodontics.
Play Safe, Play All Season
In general, it is not uncommon for an athlete to experience injuries to the mouth and jaw area. Anyone ever taken a soccer ball to the face? A fixed orthodontic appliance, such as braces, does increase your risk of oral injuries. Common oral injuries include: lacerations to the cheeks, lips, and tongue, chipped or broken teeth, TMJ, and root fractures. Have no fear, you can easily protect your teeth, mouth, and braces while playing sports by investing in a mouthguard. While it is suggested that braces patients invest in an orthodontic model, a basic mouthguard will provide more protection than nothing at all.
The Game Plan for Mouthguards
Here is the low-down on mouthguards – they are easily accessible, simple to use, and highly effective at preventing damage and injury to your braces and mouth. While they should really be worn for all sports, they are vitally important for those playing high-contact sports like football, hockey, and boxing. If you are an avid athlete and plan to play sports throughout the duration of your treatment, it might be a good idea to invest in an orthodontic mouthguard. These mouthguards are designed specifically to be used with braces and may protect your mouth and teeth better than the simple version that you buy at the store.
Keep in Mind
Tooth and mouth injuries can happen whether you are in treatment or not. If you ever experience a tooth or mouth injury, you should notify a dentist or orthodontist immediately. They can diagnose any tooth damage, including root or jaw bone fractures. After you’ve been assessed by your dentist, also have your orthodontist take a look to see if anything needs to be repaired or replaced. As always, if you have any questions about sports and braces, never hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns.