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Is It Okay to Play Sports with Braces?

November 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nancy @ 8:15 pm
football player with braces

Whether you enjoy playing a casual game of ultimate frisbee with your friends during the summer or are part of a professional team year-round, sports are a great way to stay in shape and build camaraderie. Fortunately, undergoing orthodontic treatment doesn’t have to get in the way! If you are interested in straightening your teeth but would like to do a bit more research before scheduling your appointment, here are a few answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about playing sports with braces according to your orthodontist in Ripon.

Can I Still Play Sports If I Get Braces or Invisalign Aligners?

Absolutely! In fact, thanks to Invisalign’s removable aligners, you can store your braces in a protective case while you play.  Just make sure to wear them for 20-22 hours a day to stay on track with your treatment plan. If you need traditional orthodontics or “braces” to achieve your smile goals, no problem.  Although the metal brackets and wires require some additional care, they will not prevent you from participating in your sport of choice.

How Can I Keep My Teeth Safe?

The last thing anyone wants is a mouth injury.  It is common for teeth to get bumped, injured, or even knocked out during sports, so the most important thing to remember is to PROTECT YOUR TEETH. Injuries can derail an orthodontic treatment timeline. There are a few preventive measures you can take to protect your teeth. The most important thing to remember is:  always wear a mouth guard (even during noncontact sports). This simple-yet-powerful appliance can prevent broken brackets, soft tissue injuries, and other unpleasant dental emergencies.

I Broke My Braces – What Should I Do Now?

If your braces break or come detached from your teeth due to injury, do not panic. The below steps may be helpful:

  • Assess the damage. Potentially life-threatening conditions, like difficulty breathing or a broken jaw, require a visit to your local ER.
  • Call or text your orthodontist and explain the situation
  • Gather any broken pieces if you are able to
  • Rinse with a mixture of salt and warm water
  • Use a cold compress or wet towel if needed
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication as needed

Remember, your orthodontist is here to help.  Give us a call if you have questions or other concerns and we will do our best to assist you.  PLAY SAFE!  WEAR YOUR MOUTHGUARD!

About the Author 

Dr. Frances Hamman earned her dental doctorate from Creighton University and then attained her degree in orthodontics from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Hamman served on active duty in the United States Navy for six years. As your orthodontist in Ripon, she will be happy to answer any further questions you might have about playing sports with braces. Schedule an appointment on her website or call (920) 748-7130.

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