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If you are an athlete who is currently going through orthodontic treatment with braces, we have some advice that can help you play sports with confidence and comfort!

Can I still play sports if I have braces?
This question is a great one for children, teens, and adults. Whether you play youth sports, high school sports, college sports, or adult sports, braces will never get in your way. So yes, you can most definitely play sports while you have braces, no matter your age or sport.

How do I protect my smile?
While you are active, even if you’re a basketball player, gymnast, biker, soccer player, etc., it is very important to protect your smile with an orthodontic mouth guard. This is important because there is a high chance that your mouth will be hit by hard, forceful objects while you play.

What is an orthodontic mouth guard?
An orthodontic mouth guard is a small, portable, and removable appliance that protects your teeth and braces by tightly covering them. Mouth guards can be made of silicone, rubber, or other protective materials, and there are many guards available today, including boil-and-bite, custom, and stock mouth guards. However, if you want a guard that is made for your smile only, please feel free to call our office today and schedule an appointment.

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

If you would like to learn more about sports and braces, we invite you to call our office today and talk to a member of our orthodontic team. We are happy to help you have a great experience with your braces while you play sports!