Getting braces doesn't have to mean that you must give up your favorite sport. Dr. Thomas Kwong, your Portage, MI orthodontist, explains how you can protect your teeth and your braces when you're on the playing field.
Watch that ball!
Balls, sticks, elbows and falls can break wires and brackets and damage your teeth. Unfortunately, sports wouldn't be much fun without those things. Luckily, you don't have to sit on the bench just because you have braces. An orthodontic mouthguard can provide the protection you need to avoid injury.
How is an orthodontic mouthguard different than a regular mouthguard?
Regular mouthguards are made of harder plastic than orthodontic mouthguards. If you do get hit in the mouth, your wires or brackets can break when the mouthguard is pushed against them. Orthodontic mouthguards are made from soft silicone, a material that helps absorb the impact of a blow and protect your braces. These mouthguards also help keep your lips from being pushed into your teeth during a fall or blow. When you get your braces, let your Portage orthodontist know that you'll need this special mouthguard.
Are some types of braces better for sports than others?
Although metal braces are very effective at moving your teeth, some athletes prefer to wear braces that can be removed while they play sports. Invisalign braces are not only removable, but are also clear. Since they're transparent, no one may even know that you're wearing braces. These braces are typically worn for 20 hours every day, but can be removed for special events, like games and practices. If you choose Invisalign, it's still important to wear a mouthguard to prevent injury to your teeth, lips and mouth.
What happens if I have a mouth injury?
Call your orthodontist as soon as possible if you experience an injury during a game or practice. He'll let you know if he thinks you need an emergency appointment.
Interested in learning how braces can improve your smile? Call Dr. Thomas Kwong, your Portage, MI orthodontist, at (269) 327-4459 and schedule an appointment.