Playing Sports During Orthodontic Treatment
If you take the proper precautions, playing sports while you have braces, doesn't need to be dangerous. At Langley Orthodontics, we recommend a protective mouthguard for all sports.
Having braces in your mouth can cause a lot of damage if you get hit in the face in any way, and the braces themselves can be expensive to fix, too. Plus, this kind of damage could slow down the progress of your treatment.
Protecting your smile during sports is very important if you want to stay on track with your orthodontic treatment. If you play sports, be sure to let us know so that we can advise you of the proper precautions to take.
We recommend a protective mouth guard for all athletes with braces, to protect from potential injury. With the use of an orthodontic mouth guard, you can still play practically any contact sport while wearing braces.
A mouth guard is still a good idea if you play a sport with light or no contact, because physical activity always comes with an increased risk of injury.
However, while you can play almost any sport with braces, we do recommend you avoid participating in sports where you're sure to take direct hits to the face, such as boxing, and certain types of martial arts.
In Case of Emergency
In case of any accident involving the face, examine your mouth and orthodontic appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances are damaged, call us at once for an appointment.
In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.