Protecting dental braces during sports and other activities is important for the treatment process, and also important for patients. Damage to the braces can become expensive to fix repeatedly. Even if the braces are unaffected by playing sports, impact can result in mouth and facial injuries, which may involve cuts and other discomfort if the braces are bumped into lips. The braces could also injure another player in a collision between two people during the sports activities.
During full-contact sports such as football, full head protection in the form of a football helmet with face guard is worn to protect from facial and cranial injuries. Proper use of the head protection can reduce injuries from braces and reduce damage to the dental braces, but severe impact can still result in cuts and scrapes on the insides of lips if no other protection is used. Covering braces with dental wax before a game or practice can reduce much of the inadvertent scrapes and scratches.
Standard sports mouth guards usually have a design that requires boiling for a set amount of time, then biting into the mouth guard to form a custom fit. With dental braces, these guards are typically too narrow to accommodate both teeth and brackets so the fit is less comfortable and generally insufficient. Although relatively inexpensive, trying to form-fit a standard mouth guard with dental braces will result in frustration and a wasted mouth guard. An orthodontist can provide customized bite guards and other protection to fit with dental braces and may have options specifically for sports activity needs.
Undergoing orthodontic treatment, though some adapting to the presence of braces and the regular adjustments to them is involved, should not interfere with everyday life. Engaging in sports and other physical activities can safely be continued throughout the orthodontic treatment process, with minimal effort to compensate for the added hardware. Talk to our skilled orthodontist and treatment team today to learn more about fitting dental braces into everyday life. Call 210-921-9191 for more information.