Deciding to wear braces is a great investment in your current and future oral health. Not only will your teeth be aligned to positions that are more attractive, you will enjoy a decreased risk for gum disease and tooth decay with properly spaced teeth. While having braces is a life-changing opportunity, one must consider some lifestyle changes during treatment. There are some activities that should be avoided after receiving treatment from our orthodontist – especially contact sports and hobbies that have a high risk for facial and dental injuries. Common sports and hobbies to avoid include boxing, martial arts, and wrestling. Any activity that can result in a blow to the face should be avoided as forceful trauma to the face or mouth can break orthodontic appliances and teeth.
Can I still play some sports?
Living an active lifestyle is very important to your overall well-being and our practice wants to encourage our patients to be active. There are many sports one can play that have minimal risk to one’s orthodontic treatment. It is perfectly acceptable to play sports like volleyball, golf, and basketball or engage in activities like swimming and running. Those who do play contact sports or engage in activities that could result in head trauma, should wear protective mouth guards, helmets, and chin straps when applicable.
How can a mouth guard help?
A mouth guard is designed to protect soft and hard oral tissue. Wearing a mouth guard can prevent lacerations to tissues like the gums or insides of cheeks. They can also protect teeth from being broken or knocked out. For those who wear braces, a mouth guard will also protect braces from breaking and/or cutting into soft oral tissue. Our team strongly encourages patients to wear custom-made mouth guards that are designed specifically for braces wearers. These mouth guards are comfortable and effective.
For questions about orthodontic treatment and how to make the most of your oral health investment or to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist, call our office to speak with a member of our team!