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Can someone who wears braces still play sports?

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Getting braces can seem like the end of the world to a young athlete. Many kids worry that having braces will disqualify them from certain sports, or even that their performance might be affected. However, braces are not necessarily the end to a burgeoning sports career. Luckily, there are a few options to allow young people with braces to play sports comfortably.

Braces Can be Sharp

Once your young one is fitted with that new set of shiny braces, he or she may be anxious to see how they hold up under sporting conditions. One of the annoyances of playing sports with braces is that the inner mouth is susceptible to small nicks and scratches. These minor wounds are caused by physical contact with the face, which pushes the inner mouth against the sharp edges of the braces. In most cases, such minor cuts will cause a small amount of bleeding. At worst, they may result in something akin to a bloody lip.

Use Protection

The solution to playing sports with braces is to use mouth-guards. Mouthguards are made of a moldable, plastic material that will form to the shape of the teeth and braces. In many contact sports, mouthguards are a required piece of equipment regardless if the player has braces. Orthodontists recommend keeping the mouthguard clean with regular washings. It is also recommended that young people fitted with braces brush their teeth after wearing a mouthguard to clean out the buildup of bacteria.

Braces Aren’t the Only Game in Town

Some lucky athletes may be able to avoid braces and mouth cuts altogether. The orthodontists advise that young people using Invisalign aligners (instead of braces) may be able to keep them in for some types of sports. The smooth surface of the Invisalign devices will prevent cuts in the interior of the mouth. Non-contact sports such as tennis or track are perfect for Invisalign use. If the sport is a rough contact sport, such as football, the athlete may remove the aligners altogether and participate using only a mouthguard. However, no Invisalign tips would be complete without reminding that the athlete needs to put the aligners back in after the game!

Additional Issues

Most kids won’t notice the difference from being active without braces before and after with them actually on. Yet one thing that could affect a young athlete after getting braces is the discomfort experienced after adjustments. When the orthodontist adjusts braces (to tighten them) it is common to feel mouth pain which can be accompanied by a headache. This may affect your child’s ability or desire to perform at their best. One suggestion provided by the orthodontists, is to give your child or teen a small dosage of Tylenol to manage the soreness or pain. Cold treats, such as popsicles, can also help to numb the pain; just be sure to remind your young athlete to brush afterwards!

For further queries regarding the various types of orthodontic treatments available or if you still harbor any confusion in your mind with reference to this topic, feel free to contact us at King Orthodontics.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Braces and Sports

Do Braces Interfere with Our Lives?

Will Braces Prevent Any Activities?

Do Braces Interfere with Our Lives - King Orthodontics

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Every year, 21 million people in the United States receive braces for the first time. While modern braces are designed to be as non-intrusive as possible, several types of braces can restrict an individual’s ability to participate in some activities. The following guide explores how some types of braces can impact activities.

It’s important to understand the different types of braces that people may receive from an orthodontist. The type of braces that a person receives will vary based on their dental needs.

Invisalign

If an individual’s teeth only need a minor correction, it may be possible to receive Invisalign braces. These braces are manufactured out of a specialized plastic composite. Since these braces can be easily removed when eating or brushing one’s teeth, they usually won’t restrict an individual’s ability to participate in most activities. However, Invisalign braces can only be used to correct minor dental defects.

Traditional Metal Braces

If an individual has advanced dental needs, he or she may receive traditional metal braces. While traditional metal braces can be used to straighten teeth in a more effective way than an Invisalign device, they do hamper some activities.

Playing Musical Instruments

Patients who wear metal braces may experience issues when playing some musical instruments. Instruments like the French horn, trombone and trumpet can be difficult to play with metal braces. Since metal braces impact the way that an individual’s mouth fits on the metal mouthpiece, it can be difficult to form the necessary “mouth shapes” for certain musical notes. In most cases, reed-based instruments like the saxophone are easy to play with a set of metal braces in one’s mouth. However, you can get rubber bumpers or brace guards from your local music store to play these instrument with less agony.

MRI Scanning

If you have metal braces in your mouth, it’s critical to make sure that healthcare providers know you have them. For example, MRI machines use a very powerful magnet for imaging. Since the magnet inside an MRI machine can interact with the metal inside braces, an individual may be exposed to a significant degree of risk when getting an MRI. However, there are non-magnetic imaging tools that can be safely used for individuals with braces.

Sports Activities

Some sports activities can also be dangerous for people who wear braces. Contact sports like football and hockey often involve forceful impacts to one’s face. In most cases, a person without braces avoids dental damage by wearing a specialized splint. However, this splint can’t be worn by those who have metal braces. Fortunately, there is an alternative. In many cases, an orthodontist will be able to provide a specialized mouth splint that is designed for use with metal braces.

Foods to Avoid

It’s also important to avoid the consumption of certain foods when one wears braces. Food items like gum, toffee and other chewy substances can dislocate the metal structure found in braces. In addition, tough foods like apples and steak can damage braces. It’s a good idea to use a fork and knife to cut these foods into smaller pieces when eating them.

Contact a Best Orthodontist in Centerville

When looking for an orthodontist in Centerville, don’t forget to contact King Orthodontics, because we offer a wide variety of options. In addition to Invisalign Teen braces, our orthodontist will be able to provide Invisalign pictures to help you see what your teeth will look like in the future.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Do Braces Interfere with Our Lives?